The Governor-appointed Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council’s charge is to advance recommendations that strengthen healthy food access for all Coloradans through Colorado agriculture and local food systems and economies.

The Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council meets quarterly. All meetings are open to the public.

August 29, 2022 at 9am-10am: Full Council Meeting

4817 National Western Drive
Denver, CO 80216

The meeting will be held at CSU Spur in the Terra building, “Palisade Peach” Room

Quarter 3 Meeting Agenda:

  1. Approve minutes from Quarter 2 meeting
  2. Open seat announcement
  3. Agency updates
  4. Working group update
  5. Budget Approval

New from the Universal School Meals Working Group

Universal School Meals

Focusing on K-12 meals and school nutrition, this working group researches and develops recommendations for increasing healthy food access for all Colorado children. Synthesizing existing studies and primary data collection from Colorado school nutrition stakeholders, this group works to identify the potential impacts of making school meals free for all students.

Council Member Spotlight

Dawn Thilmany McFadden

Colorado State University

Representing: Colorado State University Extension

Dawn Thilmany is a Professor of Agribusiness and Extension Economist with Colorado State University, serving in that role since 1997 and became the Associate Director for CSU’s Office of Community and Economic Development in 2019. She specializes in economic development related to local, organic and other value-added food market supply chains, as well as food market analysis and consumer behavior. Her work on agricultural diversification also includes work with agritourism in Colorado and the Western US. She is a past chair of the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council (COFSAC), supports the CSU Extension’s Food Systems and Community Development programs and has served on a number of advisory boards and project teams for the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture.

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