Story by Abby Warren
On the second Wednesday of every month from 4 - 6 pm, the Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council (FPC) "brings together a diverse array of stakeholders to integrate the aspects of the food system in order to enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health of the City of Portland and Multnomah County." Last Wednesday, citizens and professionals attended the FPC's monthly meeting at a very special venue - Bud Clark Commons.
The FPC is a citizen-based advisory council to both the City of Portland and Multnomah County. The council brings together members of our community dedicated to issues of food access, land use planning, local growing and purchasing plans, eradicating hunger, and more. Partners from the Oregon Food Bank, Home Forward, Outgrowing Hunger, OSALT, and Janus Youth - to name only a few - were in attendance this month.
After handling the business on the table for November, and following an address from Commissioner Nick Fish, Bud Clark Commons staff led FPC members on a tour of the building. They had the privilege of exploring the Commons' affordable apartments, the transitional shelter space, and the remarkable day center. This innovative building is a cornerstone of the City's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. A partnership of the Portland Housing Bureau, Home Forward, Transition Projects, and Multnomah County, the center provides vital resources, services, and housing to members of the Portland community who are experiencing homelessness.
To end the evening, Whole Foods put on a Flash Kitchen Demonstration in the Commons' day center - designed to demistify the process of healthy cooking on a budget. Residents of the Bud Clark Commons, alongside FPC members, showed everyone how to make a quick and easy kale salad before digging into the healthy - and very tasty - treat together.