North County Food Policy Council



  • When:        Held the 2nd Thursday of every month (No meeting May, August, November)

  • Time:          8:30 am – 10:00 am

  • Location:    1 Civic Center Drive (Discovery Room), San Marcos, CA 92069



To find solutions to address the unmet food security needs of the residents of North County and to increase access to a secure and nutritionally quality food supply and food shed.


The Food Policy Council’s primary goals are to assess and support the creation of strategies, plans, and programs to assure there is adequate food to sustain the residents of North County on a daily basis and during times of disaster and interruption in the food delivery system. The Council works to increase accessibility to existing food sources, augment the existing food system, increase collaboration between all organizations working on food security and advocate for positive changes in public policy affecting access to food.



  • First Annual Thanks(for)Giving in August 2018 fundraising event providing 500+ turkeys for North County families in need over the Thanksgiving holiday

  • Catalyst for collaboration between nonprofit sector, government, education, and private business

  • 300+ people have engaged with the committee since 2013; 30+ people attend monthly

  • Advocacy member of California Food Policy Council

  • GIS Mapping project with Palomar College


  • Host the 2nd Annual Thanks(for)Giving Event

  • Provide panel discussions for meeting attendees.The panels for 2019 are: Client-Choice Pantry Models (March), Rural Hunger Programs and challenges (June), Innovative Models of Hunger (September)

  • Assist North County cities to better understand food waste and potentially recoverable food in the jurisdiction for purposes of meeting the requirements of AB 1826, SB 1383 and related regulatory requirements by using our GIS Mapping System

NCFPC Committee Chair

Wendy Starling

North County Manager

San Diego Food Bank

NCFPC Committee Chair

Beatriz Palmer

Campus Food Pantry Services

MiraCosta College

NCFPC Committee Chair

Candace Gibson


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