About the Houston Food Policy Workgroup

Our vision is a vibrant food system providing abundant nutritious and responsibly produced food for the entire Houston-Galveston region.


The mission of the Houston Food Policy Workgroup is to nurture the growth of a sustainable local food system, accessible to all, through education, collaboration, communication, and creation of a food policy council for the Houston region.

The Houston Food Policy Workgroup (HFPW) was founded on September 4, 2008 at a breakout session during the Food & Sustainable Prosperity for the Houston Region Conference hosted by Houston Tomorrow. Session participants raised concern about the sustainability of the local food system and how policies could be changed to improve access to quality food and strengthen the region’s agricultural infrastructure. This demonstrated that the growing local food movement occurring nationally had taken hold in the Houston region.Each month, a diverse group from the City of Houston, Harris County, non-profits, interested citizens, local growers, businesses, Super Neighborhood representatives, and Master Gardeners attend Workgroup meetings. The HFPW also aims to include the H-GAC 13-county region—Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton Counties— in its membership and activities. An agenda that includes speakers from the food community is set by the Executive Committee.