Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council exists to advocate for policies that build a sustainable, equitable and healthy local food system. The goals of our council are to enhance the health of our citizens, strengthen local economies and market opportunities, and reduce hunger and food insecurity.
Our mission is to strengthen our community by:
Serving as a forum for discussing food issues
Building relationships in the food system
Educating, advocating for, and communicating policy issues
Acting as a primary information source for food related issues
Meet our Team
State of the Plate Liason
Colleen Hammelman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at UNC Charlotte. Her research and teaching address questions of social justice in urban food systems with a focus on food security, migrant communities, and urban agriculture. She received her PhD in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, an MA in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC, and a BA in Political Science from Colorado State University. In her free time, you'll likely find Colleen with her husband and two sons digging in their backyard garden or out exploring our region's greenways and hiking trail.