Founded in 2003, CFPAC "works with city government to advocate for policy in the areas of social justice, health outcomes, infrastructure, and increasing local food." (121) Its co-chair, Erika Allen, is the Chicago Director of Growing Power, a 20-year-old organization focused on urban agriculture and youth empowerment, and food entrepreneurship.
Finally, the CFPAC's local efforts, in tandem with other efforts across the state and region, resulted in the 2007 Illinois Food, Farms, and Jobs Act, which was "designed to provide the state with the proper mechanisms for a more localized food economy." (125) The statute created a state-level food task force, and "emphasized five central components of a local food system: affordable farmland; new farmers; increased variety of food crops; infrastructure; and convenient access in all Illinois communities, urban, and rural." (126)
The CFPAC's agenda, and its subsequent influence on both local and state food policy, illustrates the significant potential for FPCs to build strong grassroots support for system-wide changes to the industrial food system.