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The Regional Fresh Food Council formed in the summer of 2015 and quickly assembled a team representing the five-county region of Greater Peoria in Central Illinois that includes Logan, Mason, Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties. The work of the Council emerged as a natural extension of the growing body of support for fresh food access in the region and was spearheaded by the Gifts in the Moment Foundation. In addition to food access issues, the scope has expanded in the years since as a regional group focused on building a robust regional food system as a driver of community and economic development.

Since its inception, the group has grown with representation from county health departments, community and economic development organizations, farmers and agriculture organizations, community gardens, extension, food producers and retailers, and many more. Throughout 2019, the RFFC has convened quarterly network meetups to continue connecting the region’s numerous food system actors and has undertaken an effort to formalize a steering committee to improve the structure and operations of the council and produce a regional food system development strategy in 2020.