Our vision is a food secure community.
The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council is a cross-sector collaboration of organizations and individuals, community influencers, and decision makers.
to advance a healthy, equitable and sustainable food system for all in the Greater Cincinnati region, through collaboration and advocacy
We serve organizations and individuals transforming the food system.
We reach community influencers and decision makers capable of driving impact.
How We Work
Convene: Bring together stakeholders from all segments and geographies of the region’s food system to leverage collaborative partnerships for food system impacts.
Strategize: Identify regional needs and incubate strategies and best practices that increase community food security and expand social and economic opportunities for food producers.
Collaborate: Lead regional food system development projects that require collaboration across jurisdictions, organizations, and sectors.
Advocate: for policies that advance council objectives.
The Food Policy Council is an initiative of Green Umbrella, Greater Cincinnati's regional sustainability alliance.
Green Umbrella leads collaboration, incubates ideas and catalyzes solutions that create a resilient, sustainable region for all.
In a food secure community
Everyone has the means to consume healthy, sustainable food,
including access, affordability, skills, knowledge and resources to obtain and prepare healthy food.
Consuming healthy food reflects personal and cultural preferences necessary to live a thriving life,
and sustainable food is food that is economically, environmentally and socially just to those who are most impacted by the production, processing, distribution and end-use of food.
Maddie Chera is the Director of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council. She convenes partners across the Greater Cincinnati Region to share information and collaborate on advocacy and program work as members of the Food Policy Council. Maddie leverages data, communications, and funding to direct and monitor our collective impact toward the vision of a food secure community. She brings over a decade of domestic and international experience as an educator, researcher, and nonprofit team member to her work, along with a PhD in Anthropology from Indiana University Bloomington, with a focus on food, the environment, and culture.
Cynthia Walters is the Regional Farm to School Curriculum Coordinator of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council and the Green Schoolyards Coordinator for Green Umbrella. She is set on transforming the educational system through experiential learning and outdoor education, and by establishing policies focused on improving the health and wellness of school children. Cynthia served for two decades as a public school teacher and for fifteen years managing school-garden programs on a local and national level before applying this experience in her current roles.
Anne Schneider is the Farm to School Coordinator for the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council. Anne initially joined the team in September 2017 as a Local Food Consultant on Green Umbrella’s Ohio Valley Food Hub Project. Prior to Green Umbrella, Anne was the co-founder and president of the Healthy Roots Foundation for nearly 10 years. The organization partnered with health care providers, educators, and local experts to provide educational tools to teach families how to create a healthy home, right from the start. Anne has an MBA from Xavier University and is currently working on a Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health from the University of Vermont.
Kristine Cahall-Dosch joined the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council in 2022 as Farm to School Coordinator. She acts as a point person of Farm to School resources for regional school lunch programs. Her experience with local food broadly ranges from growing, to education, to community building while working for Sidestreams Foundation. Most recently she worked on local crop planning and procurement at Local Food Connection. The local food movement unites Kristine passions for environmentalism with her roots of being raised in rural Brown County, OH. She has a BA in Communication Management from the University of Dayton.