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 Author: Azima Lila Forest
PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:09 pm 
The Grant County Food Policy Council (FPC) is exploring partnerships with other health-related agencies to find alternatives to local classroom fundraising that would not promote the sale of high sugar, high fat and highly processed foods.
Actions approved at the Food Policy Council meeting on March 3 included:
• Proposing a resolution to the Grant County Commissioners that they support and encourage the use of guidelines already created by the Silver Schools' School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) to limit the amount of fundraising allowed with "junk foods." "The policies are in place, but no one has implemented them," said A. J. Sandoval, Council Coordinator.
• Having Council members meet with other local health-related agencies to create a list of alternative fund raising techniques and to initiate a program designed to create healthy fund raisers involving local restaurants and groceries that promote healthy eating. A motion to this effect, proposed by FPC member John Song, Director of Research and Evaluation for HMS-CHI, was unanimously approved by the Council.
In a review of the water issues discussed in the FPC's last two meetings, Marilyn Alcorn, an FPC member who is also Executive Director of Silver Adult Care, suggested Council members talk to local producers to assess their water rights needs and then approach water rights owners like Freeport-McMoran who do not use all of their water rights. Alcorn suggested FPC then create a way for the two groups to resolve whether and how local producers could use some of those unused water rights.
The next FPC meeting is planned for Wednesday, May 1, at 3 p.m. at the Grant County Administrative Center at 1400 E. Highway 180. The public is invited.

Azima Lila Forest

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