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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. To meet this goal, the Office of Environmental Programs (OEP) 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 City's first food action plan.

The 2025 Phoenix Food Action Plan (PDF), Plan de Acción Alimentario 2025,​ was adopted by city council on March 4, 2020. OEP and many other food system stakeholders collaborated on the implementation of the food action plan. ​The Plan contains five goals, each with several strategies and recommended actions. 

Strategies and Actions in progress:​ ​​​

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 1: Incorporate agriculture, food processing, and distribution into existing and future land use plans with an initial focus on designated food desert areas. Collaborate with key partners to facilitate new opportunities for urban-scale gardens, farms, gleaning, and distribution systems.

  • ​​Progress on Action: The City's Planning and Development Department included health as a main planning element in the 2022 South Central Transit-Oriented Development Planwhich emphasizes key aspects of the built environment that impact public health and the availability of healthy food.

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

  • ​Progress on Action: OEP developed 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).
  • Progress on Action: OEP is requesting $7M in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to 
    continue our current AR​PA programs​ as well as support future projects. 
Strategy 3: Partner​ with schools and others to support and promote education for youth and adults.
  • ​​Progress on Action: ​OEP is partnering with Cartwright and Roosevelt School District to facilitate aquaponic garden training for our Backyard Garden Program​ participants. 

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: The Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD) prioritizes agrifood innovation in their annual Strategic Action Plan for FY 2021-2022.
  • ​​​Progress on ActionFood 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.

Strategy 4: Partner with stakeholders to support and promote a Buy Local Food campaign.

  • Progress on Action: OEP is initiating an Eat Local Food Campaign in 2022.

​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: OEP is requesting to hire a Planner using ARPA funding to spearhead updating codes and ordinances.
  • 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: Developed the Farmland Preservation Program, which conserves agricultural property in the City of Phoenix. Through this program, the Central Arizona Land Trust (CALT) placed a conservation easement on Maya's Farm in March 2022, which will ensure that land is strictly used for agriculture purposes now and in the future. 
  • Progress on Action: Initiated a City interdepartmental workgroup for farmland preservation.
  • ​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.
Strategy 4: Support the growth of land uses that contribute to a healthy and sustainable food system (i.e. grocery stores, community gardens, urban farms and other urban agriculture elements).
Strategy 5: Use existing and explore new job training resources, where feasible, and partner with others to provide training opportunities.

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: OEP is requesting to hire a Planner for FY 2022-2023 using ARPA funding to spearhead updating codes and ordinances.
  • Progress on Action: Executing a Restaurant Food Waste Challenge and Food & Composting Education Program in 2022. 
  • Progress on Action: Initiated work with the 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.
Strategy 3: Promote and support sustainable practices in all areas of the food system.
  • Progress on Action: As of April 2022, OEP administered the Sustainable & Resilient Agriculture Grant and the Agri-food Tech and Innovation Grant. These grants are designed to provide funding to encourage farmers, entrepreneurs, businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, and sustainable food cooperatives across the entire food system to address challenges associated with climate change by adopting or expanding the use of sustainable agriculture and agri-food technology.
 

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.