With three years of work under its belt, the Pima County Food Alliance is looking to bring new voices and members to the table.
Founded in 2011 as part of a federal stimulus grant called Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), the Pima County Food Alliance (PCFA) is a coalition of community members working to create an integrated, regional, and secure food system by supporting farms, access to healthy foods, and positive changes in local food policy. Open to the general public, the PCFA was launched as a collaborative effort between staff at the University of Arizona College of Public Health and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and continues to work with dozens of organizations, farms, and other institutions, including the City of Tucson.
“We want to encourage and facilitate critical conversation and activities that intentionally define and guide how we want to eat in our region,” said Jaime de Zubeldia, owner of ReZoNation Farm and a founding member of the alliance. “Historically, food and agriculture have been the foundational pillars of a community’s local economy, and the most direct path to understanding a region’s culture and values which must be protected.”
The general membership is guided by the 16-member Leadership Council that serves two-year volunteer terms. The council is now accepting applications for new members to replace those whose terms are ending in January. The position is open to any community member with experience and expertise in the local food system, although this year, “We’re also interested in applicants who have event planning and facilitation experience, as well as those who can help with the organizational and communication side of things, whether or not they have significant experience with local food.”
Apply to serve on the PCFA Leadership Council at pimafoodalliance.org. Applications are due January 26. ✜