Collier County, Florida

Population: 373,000
Project focus: Access to foods that support healthy eating patterns

Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council’s, partnership with Blue Zones Project, Drug Free Collier County, Collier Department of Health, Florida Gulf Coast University Department of Social Work, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences will engage community partners and residents to establish a food policy council to address food insecurity in Collier County.

The council will be working to encourage advocacy from community members, all the way from farmers to health service workers to the general public and provide them with the opportunity to educate one another sustainable food options in the area. Over time, the council plans to broaden their reach throughout southwest Florida. Their objective is to expand their current infrastructure and to change policies to better reach and serve rural communities in the county. This project highlights the vital role that community members can play in addressing local food and health related concerns for Southwest Florida residents. We are so happy to see the diverse involvement of this project!