Our Mission

The Mohawk Valley Food Action Network (MVFAN) and the Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC) engages the residents of Oneida County and the surrounding region in a series of meetings and actions, all addressing this fundamental question:

How can our community and our region create a healthy, secure future 
based on a resilient local food system 
where affordable and nutritious food is accessible to all? 

The work of MVFAN is based on the premise that the food system - farmers, processors, distributors, retailers, restaurants, emergency food programs, consumers, as well as the businesses and agencies that support them - comprises a network that has uniquely important and interrelated impacts on the health of our environment, our economy, and individuals.

Our meetings have involved over 100 representatives from dozens of Oneida County organizations over 18 months, and have addressed issues ranging from the importance of school lunch to the sometimes confusing nutritional messages from media, marketers and the scientific community; from the impacts of hard economic times on food security to the entrepreneurial opportunities of a new consumer interest in where our food comes from; and from the role of regulation in reducing environmental impacts of agriculture to the role of local land use planning on the future of farming.


















See what we're working on at groupspaces.com/mvfan and follow us on Facebook. Get involved and help create a stronger local food system with healthy people, a healthy economy, and a healthy environment!  

Contact the Mohawk Valley Food Action Network at info@mvfoodaction.com.

MVFAN is a project of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County and Rust2Green Utica

The project is made possible with the support of a USDA Hunger Free Communities grant
 and the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area.