Food Systems Goals

Goal: Set a city-wide food system policy and action agenda.


  • Clear-cut City food policies published by May 2014
  • Good food purchasing guidelines for Milwaukee food service institutions developed by 2017

Goal: Improve institutional capacity and leadership to enhance the sustainability and resilience of Milwaukee's food system.


  • Milwaukee Food Council's role expanded by December 2014 to formally coordinate City departments, community stakeholders, the nonprofit sector, the private sector, and other major institutions
  • A food charter, which is a statement of values and principles to guide the City's food policy, is developed by September 2015
  • MPS, Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and local universities are integrated to provide resident education and coordinated Milwaukee food system planning (potentially using Milwaukee Vincent High School's new Urban Agriculture/Urban Foods focus as such a catalyst and pathway)

Goal: Increase demand for and access to locally and/or sustainably grown healthy and nutritious food.


  • Increased community food production, processing, and distribution, as measured by an incremental 30 properties used for food production and businesses engaged in food processing and distribution by 2016, and an additional 175 properties by 2023
  • 25 new outlets for purchasing, distributing, and selling locally and sustainably grown food in neighborhoods with documented food insecurity by 2016 and 100 more added by 2023
  • Number of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a healthy and nutritious food source increased compared to current level, as identified in a food assessment for healthy food access