We consider food policy councils to be groups that are bringing together stakeholders with an interest in issues from across the food system, with a particular emphasis on bringing community and government together. For example, a council might have members that are farmers, food retailers, public health professionals, transportation planners, social workers, emergency food providers, and farmers market managers. Additionally, one key feature of food policy councils is that they bring together government and community. By civic engagement/collaboration, we mean that a group brings people together at the intersection of community and government and that they address public issue in concert with each other. FPCs work on creating dialogue between government agencies and elected officials and community to be able to better understand one another. This is different from advocating at government or elected official.