Food Systems Council

Overview

The Linn County Food Systems Council (LCFSC) was created on March 28, 2012 by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. The Planning & Development Department, in partnership with Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development, provides financial and staff support to the Council.

The Food Systems Council advises on policies and programs with the objective of  making the Linn County food system economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve a four-year term and may serve no serve no more than two consecutive terms. Members typically have expertise in various segments of the food system including banking, real estate, distribution, education, health, law, marketing, processing, procurement, production or waste management.  

Council Members (four-year terms)

NameTerm Expires
*Vacant
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Lynette Richards12/31/23
Kim Guardado12/31/22
Laura Seyfer12/31/20
RaeAnn Gordon12/31/20
August Stolba12/31/21
Sofia Mehaffey12/31/22
Pam Oldham12/31/21
Emma Johnson12/31/22
Chris Thoms12/31/21
Cindy Fiester12/31/22
Stephanie Schrader12/31/23

Meetings

The council meets the fourth Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Jean Oxley Public Service Center, 935 2nd St. SW, Cedar Rapids.

Agendas & Minutes

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Mission

Bringing together agriculture, food industry, educators, economic development, conservation and hunger representatives into one council to guide and advise the County on necessary policies and programs that will make Linn County's food system economically, environmentally, and socially resilient.

The Council identified the following five goals to guide their operations and help them achieve their mission:

  • Achieve a sufficient and balanced local food production and market;
  • Eliminate food insecurity and ensure access to healthy foods;
  • Promote education and literacy regarding food choices;
  • Ensure the safety and security of our food supply; and
  • Protect important environmental resources that contribute to food production and healthful lifestyles.

In addition to creating policy plan recommendations for review by the Board of Supervisors, the Council will hold two public forums every year for the community in order to bring food and agriculture issues to the community's attention.