Union County Government is collaborating with several organizations, including Wingate University - The Collaborative for the Common Good and the NC Cooperative Extension, to develop a Union County Food Council. Food councils are community organizations that work to promote a thriving local food system. These councils involve leaders and volunteers from a variety of sectors who come together to discuss the issues that intersect with food availability and resources within a community to determine the best impact in their communities. There are currently 36 local and regional food councils in North Carolina; and this number continues to increase.
Union County’s food system has been an integral part of our community, particularly with a strong agriculture industry. However, as we have recently experienced with the COVID-19 pandemic, challenges to the system can occur unexpectedly.
In addition to local government officials, food pantry staff, teachers, faith leaders, restaurant owners, farmers, interested parents and consumers, food councils thrive when residents volunteer their input. Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey to help us develop the Union County Food Council and its priorities.
For more information about North Carolina's local food councils, visit the Community Food Strategies website.