Summit Food Coalition has announced that Erin Molnar, director of Food Programs at Countryside Food and Farms, will be the recipient of the 2019 Liam Murray Local Food Hero award.
New this year, the award has been renamed to celebrate the life of Liam Murray, a local activist who was heavily involved in sustainable agriculture work.
According to Beth Knorr, executive director of Summit Food Coalition, “He often did his work under the radar, but was universally admired for his dedication and leading-by-example ethos. He passed away last fall, and we wanted to recognize his quiet yet steady and impactful contributions to our local food system.”
The Local Food Hero is a community member who has made a significant and positive impact on the local food system in Summit County. Molnar will receive the award at the annual Savor the Summit fundraiser, Thursday, Oct. 10, at The Trailhead at Cascade Lofts, 21 W. North St.
“Receiving the Liam Murray Local Food Hero award is affirmation that an equitable food system—one that values all people, including those who require social support and farmers—is valued by our community,” said Molnar. “We have much work to do towards a truly just and healthy food system, but the food access programs that Countryside offers and facilitates, and I am privileged to lead, are a strong foundation towards making larger changes that reflect the same ethics.”
From leaders, food vendors, entrepreneurs and food advocates, all nominations were reviewed and voted on by Summit Food Coalition’s Local Food Hero committee.
As the largest fundraiser of the Summit Food Coalition, tickets to the event are $45 if purchased before Sept. 20, and $55 after that. Additionally, VIP tickets are available for $75 and will include a signature cocktail and souvenir glass. The event’s snacks will be catered by Nosh Eatery in Hudson, emphasizing local, seasonal fare.
This event helps to support the work of the organization as it provides resources and education to make systemic changes for the benefit of consumers, farmers and food businesses in our community.
Summit Food Coalition is an alliance of people and organizations working to build a just, sustainable and vibrant local food system in Summit County. For info, visit www.summitfoodcoalition.org.