ALFI envisions a transformed food system in which every Atlantan has access to safe, nutritious, and affordable food produced by a thriving network of sustainable farms and gardens.
ALFI’s mission is to build a local food system that enhances human health, promotes environmental renewal, fosters local economies, and links rural and urban communities.
ALFI pursues our mission through coalition building, strategic planning and policy development.
ALFI was created in June 2005 out of a collective need for and commitment to a transformed Atlanta food system, in which every citizen, regardless of socio-economic status will have access to safe, nutritious, and affordable food grown by a thriving regional network of sustainable farms and gardens.
ALFI aims to affect change by organizing and collecting resources through coalition building, strategic planning that has resulted in the first visioning plan for Atlanta, highlighting specific interventions, and through policy development in collaboration with a range of people and organizations such as farmers, food and farm businesses, and public officials.
ALFI has made significant progress in its goals and in the progress of moving Atlanta into a healthier, more equitable and sustainable city:
- Conducted the ALFI Inventory to assess the status of the local food system and document efforts made toward the 8 goals described in the The ALFI Plan.
- Hosted the second ALFI Summit in November 2012, bringing together 150 stakeholders to document progress on ALFI’s Plan for Atlanta’s Sustainable Food Future and provide opportunities to develop new collaborations and strengthen established relationships to promote a thriving local food system for metro Atlanta.
- Worked with numerous community groups and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to add farmer’s markets as an approved use to the zoning code.
- Mayor of Atlanta announced a goal of 75% of Atlanta residents having access to fresh, local food within 10 minutes of their home by 2020.
- Hosted Atlanta’s first ever-local food summit with over 150 in attendance in order to foster partnership and transparency between ongoing and new projects and also between the local food community at large.
- Published A Plan for Atlanta’s Sustainable Food Future, also known as the ALFI Plan, which was endorsed by 91 organizations throughout metro-Atlanta.
- Assisted in developing Georgia’s first Senior WIC program in collaboration with the State of Georgia Department of Human Services resulting in five pilot farmers’ market sites across the state.
- Arranged for a GSU marketing class to develop and carry out a survey of customers attending two farmers markets, one located in the upscale Morningside neighborhood and another in a middle to low income neighborhood in Southwest Atlanta.
- Formation of ALFI’s Steering Committee comprised of 40 agencies and organizations, which conducts bimonthly meetings to exchange information, ideas and resources.
- Produced a pamphlet promoting local food issues, including issues of farmers markets and community gardens, that was distributed to the 20,000 members of the National Association of Health Officers