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​2025 Phoenix Food Action Plan

The 2015 Phoenix General Plan, entitled PlanPHX included the Goal: Promote the growth of a healthy, affordable, secure and sustainable food system that makes healthy food available to all Phoenix residents. In order to meet this goal, the Office of Environmental Programs partnered with several organizations and other governmental entities to collect baseline information about the food system, food access, and related health data. Extensive community and stakeholder engagement was initiated in 2018 and continues.  The result of this research and outreach was the development of the first food action plan.

The 2025 Phoenix Food Action Plan (PDF), Plan de Acción Alimentario 2025,​ which was adopted by city council on March 4, 2020. OEP continues to collaborate with residents, the Health Improvement Partnership of Maricopa County (HIP-MC), the Valley of the Sun United Way, and the Maricopa County Food System Coalition (MarCo) and many other food system stakeholders on implementation of the food action plan.​

The Plan contains five goals, each with several strategies and recommended actions. The highlights are below and the full pdf text can be downloaded from the link above.

Strategies and Actions to be completed by Dec. 2021​ ​​​

Goal 1: Healthy Food for All

All people living in Phoenix should have enough to eat and have access to affordable, hea​lthy, local, and culturally appropriate food.

Strategy 2: ​ Use existing or develop new financial resources for food production and infrastructure. 

     Progress on Action: Developing a living document with an extensive list of grants from the federal and state government, national and local philanthropic organizations and private sectors to pursue funding for the priorities identified in the Phoenix Food Action Plan (PFAP).

Goal 2: Stre​ngth​en the Local Economy

Businesses that produce, process, distribute, and sell local and healthy food should be recognized as integral to the economy and encouraged to grow and thrive in Phoenix.

     ​​Strategy 2: Incorporate agriculture, food processing, and distribution into existing and future economic development plans.

     ​​​Progress on Action:  Food System Entrepreneurship & Innovation strategy adopted in the Phoenix Economic Development Action Plan for Fiscal Year 20-21 to support, promote, and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation and community resilience within each step of the local food system. 

     Progress on Action: Finalizing​ a Food Policy toolkit with user-friendly information on the requirements of food production, processing, and distribution businesses.

​Goal 3: Celebrate Local and Diverse Agriculture

Growing food in Phoenix and the region should be easy and valued whether for personal use or for business. 

Strategy 1: Update codes and ordinances where appropriate to eliminate barriers and encourage developing a healthy food infrastructure.

     Progress on Action:  Initiated work with Planning and Development to identify and update/amend appropriate sections of the zoning code to clearly identify zoning districts in which agricultural land uses are permitted, to develop definitions for agricultural land uses.

Strategy 2: Explore development of agriculture community land trusts and/or preservation mechanisms.​

    ​Progress on Action: Collaborating with the Coalition for Farmland Preservation and the Maricopa County Food Systems Coalition to create more access to land for food production.

     ​​Progress on Action: Supporting research efforts of the Maricopa County Food Coalition in creating a Farmland Preservation Toolkit.

Strategy 3: Explore the utilization of city of Phoenix owned parcels as opportunities for urban agriculture, focused on food deserts within irrigation district.

     Progress on Action: Developing an inventory of parks land in collaboration with the Parks and Recreation department to explore the utilization of park land for food production.

Goal 4: Maintain a Sustainable Environment

Food-related waste should be prevented, reused, or recycled. Sustainable food production practices that maintain a healthy environment are desired. 

Strategy 1:  Update codes and ordinances to clarify food waste diversion, i.e., composting opportunities.

     ​​​Progress on Action: Initiated work with Planning and Development Department to Identify and update/amend appropriate sections of the zoning code to clearly identify zoning requirements for composting opportunities.

Strategy 2: Support and promote methods to prevent edible food from entering the waste stream.

     Progress on Action: Finalizing a Food Waste Prevention toolkit with prevention of food waste and food rescue resources for the utilization of commercial businesses.

Goal 5: Develop a Resilient Food System

Develop policies and actions that address local and global challenges posed by climate change, urbanization, political and economic crises, population growth and other factors. 

Strategy 2: Convene local food producers with city staff, leaders, and elected officials to build trust and understanding.​

     Progress on Action: Participated in the Maricopa County Community Farmer Roundtable held in October 2020 hosted by Local First Arizona.​

South Phoenix Local Foods, Local Places Project

In 2018, the City of Phoenix received a technical assistance grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Local Foods, Local Places program.  In partnership with the community and institutional partners, a South Phoenix Food Action Plan was developed. There are community engagement events coming up.  See our Food System Info page for more information.