The Portland Food Council celebrated their one year anniversary by bringing the community back together for their first Annual Meeting. In addition to presentations by the Council President and committee updates, there was an election open to associate members to vote on board seats. Wayside Food Programs was re-elected to the board for the upcoming year and will continue to be represented by Executive Director Mary Zwolinski. Wayside's involvment also includes participation on the Food Security committee. The Council aims to foster a healthy community by advancing the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the food system that supports Portland. Evolving from the Mayor's Initiative for a Healthy and Sustainable Food System started in 2012, the Portland Food Council works to shape food policy that will create resiliency, sustainability, and vibrancy in the food system. The council brings together community members, Portland government, food producers and other businesses to collaborate on and shape, laws and policies that affect our food system.Interested in getting involved with the Portland Food Council? Email or visit