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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

Our mission is to strengthen our community by:

  1. Serving as a forum for discussing food issues

  2. Building relationships in the food system

  3. Educating, advocating for, and communicating policy issues

  4. Acting as a primary information source for food related issues

Meet our Team

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Kenya Joseph



Erin Bradley

Board Member


Jalah Clayton, MPH

Program Director

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Cinya Brand, MPH, CHES

External Affairs


Piniel Tadesse, CHES

Food Access Program Director

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Gabrielle (Gabby) Young

Board Member

Dr. Adriane Mingo

Board Member

Notable Persons

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Colleen Hammelman

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.

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