The OFPN is made up of interested people and organizations who share values and a common vision for the food system in Ohio. The Network is a social scaffolding to connect people across sectors and provide a foundation for developing the skills and expertise needed to grow and develop a food system that supports and serves all Ohioans. Through groundwork laid by previous groups, the OPFN represents interested individuals, organizations, and councils dedicated to strengthening collaboration and participation in the food system.

Some of the group that comprise our network are as follows:

  • Ohio Local Food Policy Summit participants from 2012 – 2016
  • The Health Food Financing Task Force
  • The Ohio Food Policy Advisory Council
  • The Ohio Chronic Disease Collaborative
  • The Ohio Nutrition Incentive Network

In order to achieve our ideal food system, the network exists to:

  • Communicate, connect and support collaboration
  • Educate and Advance
  • Support the development of food system infrastructure to address food insecurity and family farm viability


In early 2017, over 500 people in Ohio participated in a planning process for our Network. Over the course of six interactive meetings, we collectively identified our core values and vision. 

We collectively identified the following VALUES that guide our work:

  • Justice and equality
  • Strong communities
  • Healthy people
  • Sustainable ecosystems

Our VISION is to realize a food system in Ohio that is:

  • Sustainable
  • Healthful
  • Equitable
  • Resilient
  • Accessible