WNC Food Policy Council


The WNCFPC brings together food producers, policy leaders, food security agencies, and economic advocates to address policy needs for agricultural development and food insecurity in the seven western counties of North Carolina: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain, Macon, Jackson and Haywood.

This council aims to build more effective programs and policies to strengthen WNC’s food economy and economic security for all persons and to mitigate the effects of food insecurity in the WNC region, especially for children and seniors, by advocating for more effective policies and stronger local economies.

We are a partner of the NC SLFAC, which addresses similar problems at the state level, and our members come from more than 75 federal, state, and local agencies, nonprofits, and small businesses. If you would like to join the WNCFPC, or provide ideas and concerns, please contact us via email or attend one of our meetings.

Contact Information
Emily M. Elders
WNCFPC Director

Join our listserv and share questions, ideas, and resources with others involved in the local food economy of WNC. Visit listserv.unc.edu and search for “wncfpc” to sign up!


WCU Asset Mapping Project

Agriculture Census Data:  Cherokee County Clay County Graham County Haywood County Jackson County Macon County Swain County    

Research and Reports

“Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation”: 2012 Summer Nutrition Report

2012 Final NCDA Guidance for Registration of FDA Food Facilities

Guide to Health Department Regulations of Food and Produce

NCDA Poultry Exemptions Document 2012

Temporary Food Stand Regulations 2012

Food Hardship Map By Congressional Districts: 2010-2011

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) Food and Farm Assessment: Clay County, NC

Growing the Appalachian Food Economy

North Carolina Grown

ASAP Non-Profit Food Hubs: Summary of Economic Viability

Michigan Good Food Charter

EBT at Farmers' Markets: An Online Resource Guide

Farmer's Markets and Direct Marketing Resource Guide

North Carolina Present Use Value System Program Guide



Local Avenues to Food Security

Resource Guide for Limited-Resource Farmers



Partner Agencies

Feeding America Coalition  (www.feedingamerica.org)

MANNA Food Bank   (www.mannafoodbank.org)

Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council  (www.abfoodpolicy.com)

Farm Prosperity Project (link: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/programs/herbs/prosperity/)

Fit Community Program  (www.fitcommunitync.org)

Food Research Action Council  (www.frac.org)

Appalachian Foodshed Project (ARC)  (www.arc.gov)

Appalachian Regional Commission  (www.arc.gov

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project  (www.asap.org)

USDA Rural Development Center  (www.usda.gov)

USDA Food and Nutrition Services (www.usda.gov)

NC Rural Center (www.ncruralcenter.org)

Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry Campaign  (www.shareourstrength.org)

Community Foundation of WNC  (www.cfwnc.org)

Cherokee Preservation Foundation  (www.cpf.org)

Center for Environmental Farming Systems (www.cefs.ncsu.edu)

School Lunch Programs (www.ncdhhs.gov)

Native Medical Health Program  (www.wcu.edu)

NC Department of Agriculture (http://www.ncagr.gov)

NC DENR (www.ncdenr.gov)

NC Dept of Commerce  (www.ncdoc.com)

North Carolina Cooperative Extension (www.ces.ncsu.edu)

North Carolina School of Government (www.sog.unc.edu)

NC Sustainable Local Foods Advisory Council (www.ncagr.gov/localfood)

NC Broadband (http://broadband.gov)



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