Food Policy and Advocacy

The Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy was established by City ordinance in 1991 to implement recommendations from the Mayor’s Task Force on Hunger. Continuously operational since then, its purpose is to integrate all City agencies in a common effort to improve the availability of safe and nutritious food at reasonable prices for all Hartford residents, particularly those in need.

The Commission’s work is guided by four goals:

1. To eliminate hunger as an obstacle to a happy, healthy, and productive life in the City;

2. To ensure that a wide variety of safe and nutritious food is available for City residents;

3. To ensure that access to food is not limited by economic status, location, or other factors beyond a resident’s control; and

4. To ensure that the price of food in the City remains at a level approximating the level for the state.

Hartford Food System provides staffing for the Commission and also serves as one of its members. As part of its advisory role to city officials, the Commission annually prepares a series of recommendations on food and nutrition issues. Recent recommendations include supporting mid-sized grocery stores, ensuring that all schools in Hartford have active gardens, and reducing food waste.

The Commission meets monthly at City Hall on the second Wednesday of every month from 3:30 to 5:15. Meetings are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend!

If you are interested in learning more about the Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy, attending the meetings, signing up for the newsletter, or helping to advance the policy goals of the Commission, email

Full reports can be accessed from the links below.


Annual Reports



The Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy is working on the 2017 Annual Report, which includes policy recommendations for the City and the Mayor. We would love to gather feedback and concerns from residents about food-related issues (grocery stores, school meals, summer food, community and school gardens, food waste) that are important to them. Please share your thoughts with our HACFP Food Issues Survey.