CFN Action Teams develop regional strategies to accelerate change in specific food system priority areas. They comprise food system stakeholders, content experts, & community organizers.
The CFN & Action Team funders work together to secure resources in support of stipends & strategy implementation. Action Team members are selected through an application process. Teams are accountable to & supported by an Advisory Group of funders(s), regional and national resource experts, & CFN Steering Team members. Once strategies have been developed, the Team’s work is complete. Regional issue-specific strategies contribute to a regional map for achieving the CFN Food System Vision.
The Chesapeake Foodshed Network (CFN) has launched the Community Ownership, Empowerment, and Prosperity Action Team for food system reform in the Chesapeake region. CFN defines Community Ownership, Empowerment, and Prosperity (COEP) as communities of color and other disenfranchised groups not merely being beneficiaries but drivers of positive change in their communities. The goal of this initiative is to grow economic opportunities for marginalized communities and build community ownership and resilience (as it relates to our regional food system) through the development of people-led, community-based solutions. In developing this new framework for action, we think that the people telling us how to invest funding and energy in our regional food system should be the people living and working on it every day.