The Summit Food Coalition, an alliance of people and organizations committed to a vibrant local food system, is hosting its quarterly Stakeholder Gathering on Aug. 7, 2019, at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
Beginning at 10 a.m., community members will be introduced to a panel of local food systems practitioners who developed the Columbus & Franklin County Local Food Action Plan in 2016, in hopes of bringing a similar plan to Summit County.
“The challenges in our current food system lead to inequities in job opportunities, access to nutritious foods, health outcomes, environmental quality and neighborhood livability,” said Beth Knorr, executive director of the Summit Food Coalition. “We believe this challenge can be met through the collaboration of a diverse set community partners. It’s why we convene farmers and food entrepreneurs, policy advocates, educators, foundations, elected officials and others devoted to achieving equitable access to good food. It’s why we’re bringing those partners together to discuss creating a Local Food Action Plan that could potentially increase the equity and vibrancy in our local food system.”
From the process to the outcomes of the Columbus & Franklin County Local Food Action Plan, a question and answer session will immediately follow the panel discussion.
Panel experts will include:
– Jill Clark, PhD, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University
– Brian Estabrook, Food Systems Planner for Franklin County Economic Development & Planning Department
– Ariel Miller, Chair of Franklin County Local Food Council
While this event is free, reservations are requested by visiting, summitfoodcoalition.org/upcoming-events.