Cook County Food Policy Survey

I just wanted to share the information below from the Cook County Food System Survey.  I took the survey(and you should too) because I am personally interested in gardening, composting and how personal gardens may help those families less fortunate put healthy food on their table while also preventing disease.

The Cook County Department of Public Health is proposing the creation of a food policy council for Cook County. The food policy council would be an official committee that explores cross-agency and cross-jurisdictional food issues and makes recommendations to the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

As part of this effort, we are asking people who live or work in Cook County to share their opinions on how government laws, rules, ordinances, regulations and programs affect the way we eat, grow, transport, store, process, distribute, sell, or handle food or food waste.

Who should complete this survey?
If you live or work in Cook County and eat, grow, transport, store, process, distribute, sell, or handle food or food waste, we want to hear from you. The survey will be open until September 29, 2011.

How will the results be used?
The survey results will be used to create recommendations on what issues a proposed Cook County food policy council will focus its efforts.

How can I complete the survey?
You can complete the survey online, or to answer this survey in Spanish, please call 708-633-8314; or email Para contester esta encuesta en espanol, favor de llamar a 708-633-8314; o escriba a

So if you have an interest or suggestion, please take the survey!  Better yet….  Attend the meeting to review the survey results and develop recommendations for what the proposed food policy council will do:

Date: October 6, 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Guest speaker: Mark Winne of the Community Food Security Coalition and author of Closing the Food Gap,Food RebelsGuerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas.

Space is limited. Registration is required; due to building security, walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Lunch will be provided.

If you have additional questions, please contact Lara Jaskiewicz at 312-805-8468 or


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