Urban Food Policy Council

MeetingsWinston-Salem Urban Food Policy Council

  • 6 p.m.
  • 2nd Thursday of each month
  • City Hall, Public Works Conference Room


Method of Appointment

The council shall be composed of 9 members of the public. Members shall have an interest in the food system, including food production, distribution, marketing, processing, consumption, access, disposal, etc. Members shall be residents of the City of Winston-Salem but cannot be employees of the City of Winston-Salem. Members shall be recommended by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.

Number of Members


Terms of Office

Three members shall be appointed for a three-year term. Three members shall be appointed for a two year term. Three members shall be appointed for a one year term. All subsequent appointments shall be for three-year terms.

Chief Staff Person

Regina Hall
Reintegration and Youth Development Manager
Phone: 336-734-1238

NameRace & GenderTermExpiration
Michael BannerBlack Male1September 2018
Scott Andree BrownWhite Male1September 2018
Tembila CovingtonBlack Female1September 2019
Jennifer FilipowskWhite Female2September 2020
Melinda HashBlack Female1September 2018
Marcus HillBlack Male2September 2020
Megan ReganWhite Female2September 2019
Syndney RichardsonBlack Female1September 2019

Authority for Creation

The authority for establishing the Urban Food Policy Council is Chapter 2, Section 2-63(a)(11) of the City Code, which was adopted by the City Council on April 17, 2017.

Purpose / Function

The purpose ofUrban Farmer and Policy Council Member, Michael Banner, speaks with a citizen about insulin plants a the Urban Food Policy Council is to initiate and promote actions that increase food access in the city of Winston-Salem, with a particular emphasis on activities in the urban core.

Members of the Winston-Salem Urban Food Policy Council (Council) held their first meeting on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Their meetings are recurring and take place on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Public Works Conference Room in City Hall.

The Council is committed to identifying and developing new ways to educate the community about the importance of healthy, fair, and sustainable local food.

Since February, the Council has worked to develop the following recommendations:

  • Infrastructure changes to the Fairgrounds Farmers Market
  • Adoption of a Good Food Purchasing Program
  • Establishing an Organic Protocol in a public park

In the future, members of the Urban Food Policy Council plan to recommend resolutions and initiatives that support urban agriculture and community gardens including a proposal to allocate funding for city programs that provide urban farmers and community gardeners with training and technical assistance.

Other issues of interest for the Urban Food Policy Council include putting forth recommendations for the Mayor and Members of City Council to support including the adoption of urban agriculture-friendly zoning policies, and consolidating processes for citizens to acquire vacant lots for urban agriculture purposes. 

Food Policy Resources

Dylan Williams with Toxic Free NC, Michael Banner, Scott Andree Bowen, Marcus Hill. Bottom row: TembView a list of Food Policy resources including information on the North Carolina Local Food Council, Food Councils in the Triad, ways to connect through the Food System Leadership Network, and Community Food Strategies Facebook Group. 

This PDF also includes reports like the Forsyth Food System Assessment,  Forsyth Farmland Preservation Plan, Winston-Salem Food Access and ncImpact's Creating a More Inclusive Economy for Forsyth Count. 

There's also a link the report from the Mayor's Poverty Thought Force Initiative.