As a City, we are working to improve our citizens' access to healthy foods.
By spearheading our own innovative community gardening/urban farming program and partnering with community groups, we are actively helping residents grow healthy food close to where they live.
Douglas County Food Policy Council
The Food Policy Council seeks to identify the benefits, challenges and opportunities for a successful, sustainable local food system in Douglas County. The Council advises both the City Commission and County Commission on local solutions to build a robust food economy.
SNAP Matching Program at area Farmers Markets
In April 2014, the City Commission approved funding of a SNAP matching pilot program with Douglas County and Livewell Lawrence. This program will match SNAP (food stamps) benefits dollar-for-dollar at area farmers markets to increase our citizens' access to healthy foods and support local farmers.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for employees
The City’s employee healthy program (CHAMP) has partnered with area farms to offer a CSA drop-off site in City buildings for employees who want access to fresh, locally produced fruits and vegetables.