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.
- Cecil D. Corbin-Mark, Deputy Director/Director of Policy, WEACT.
- Ben Thomases, Food Policy Coordinator for the City of New York.
- John Weidman, Deputy Executive Director, The Food Trust.
- Kolu Zigbi (moderator), Program Officer for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation.