Food is integral to human sustenance and to quality of life. Yet the food system which delivers food from farm to table is often overlooked in urban and regional planning decisions. The Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab (‘the Food Lab’) at the University at Buffalo is dedicated to research that critically examines the role of planning and policy in facilitating sustainable food systems and healthy communities. Under the leadership of Principal Investigator, Dr. Samina Raja, the ‘Food Lab’ team conducts research, builds capacity of planners through education and training, and engages in community-based efforts to build sustainable food systems and healthy communities. The Food Lab team conducts research in collaboration with research labs and centers within UB and elsewhere, as well as with community and planning organizations from across the United States.