Nourishing Strong Communities: Access to Healthy Food as an Essential Ingredient of Community Building

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 -
7:30am to 11:00am EST
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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A Philanthropy New York MEMBERS BRIEFING, sponsored by the Elmezzi Foundation, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, and Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund,

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Funders interested in community building, health, families, early childhood and youth.


With the rapid rise of diet-related illness and the increased demand on food pantries and feeding programs, issues of access to healthy food for all has become a growing concern both locally and nationally. Foundations are partnering with non-profits, small businesses, government, and neighborhood groups to develop programs and new tools that will increase access to affordable and healthy food, as well as achieve healthier and more sustainable communities. Through collaboration, education, and advocacy, these partners are working to establish new food supply chains and distribution channels, which are the first steps toward increasing access to healthy food and building a sustainable food system.

This briefing will introduce funders to food policy in New York City, model programs and approaches developed by the Food Trust of Pennsylvania, and current issues in food security presented by both nonprofits and funders.