The Food Law and Policy Clinic of Harvard Law School (FLPC) has worked with a wide range of clients and partners on policy projects spanning the food system. Our clients have included the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Navajo Nation, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the Mississippi Food Policy Council, the Massachusetts Farm to School Project, the Rhode Island Food Policy Council, Alternativas (in La Paz, Bolivia), Appalachian Diabetes Coalitions, Boston Office of Food Initiatives, and Community Servings, among others.
If you are interested in working with us on a project, please see the information below on how to submit a proposal.
Food Policy Request for Proposals
The FLPC requests proposals from organizations that need legal and policy assistance to improve food systems. FLPC’s attorneys and law students can provide research, policy recommendations, legal or advocacy training, or other services to help these organizations meet their food policy goals. FLPC attorneys manage the projects and supervise the students working on the projects, and are able to provide institutional memory over the life of the project.
FLPC welcomes specific project requests, which might include (but are not limited to):
- Development and delivery of general or specific food law and policy trainings, tailored to the state/region. Audiences for such training could include community members, policymakers, and other interested parties.
- Research and development of a public report or white paper on the legal and policy implications of a specific food policy issue of interest to the client or partner.
- Research and development of an internal confidential memorandum to our client or partner detailing our recommendations for policy change in an area of interest to the client or partner.
- Assistance with both process and substance for food policy councils, nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, or other groups working to identify and set food policy priorities.
- Comments on legislation or regulations relevant to a food law and policy issue of interest to our client or partner organization.
FLPC works with a broad range of individuals, community partners, governmental officials, and non-profit organizations. The core of our mission is to empower and assist our client and partner organizations to promote sustainable food production, increase healthy food access and equity in the food system, support responsible environmental practices, reduce food waste, and otherwise improve the food system. Past clients have included:
- State and local food policy councils
- State and local governmental agencies or government officials
- Entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, and start-up ventures
- National non-profit organizations
- International non-profit organizations
Interested organizations can apply for FLPC assistance by contacting FLPC staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.