Summit #1 Sessions
Priority Areas & New Opportunities: 9:40am – 10:00am
USDA priority areas and new opportunities will be discussed.
Panel Speaker: Mae Wu
Case Model of a Healthy Food Value Chain: The Appalachian Accessible Food Network: 10:00am – 11:00am
Appalachian Ohio local food systems have become a driving force in the region’s economic revitalization. The Appalachian Accessible Food Network (AAFN) makes sure that the growing demand for local, fresh and affordable food reaches everyone in our rural communities.
The Appalachian Accessible Food Network (AAFN) is a partnership between ACEnet, Community Food Initiatives and Rural Action formalized in 2014 to accelerate the distribution of local foods into low wealth and underserved Appalachian Ohio communities. With help from numerous partners, the AAFN has leveraged donations, sponsorships, revenue generation and grants to implement a detailed work plan grounded in an equity framework. Inclusion and resilience are integral to our shared vision.
Generous funding from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville, the Sisters Health Foundation, the Athens County Foundation and a number of USDA agencies has enabled three anchor organizations to strengthen local food access, production, processing, distribution, and consumption.
Panel Speakers: Leslie Schaller, Maribeth Saleem-Tanner, Molly Sowash, Tom Redfern
Active Break: How Are You Strengthening Healthy Food Value Chains? 11:00am – 11:30am
This session will start off with an active break and then move into an activity where participants will share how they are working to strengthen their local and regional food systems so that we can get a fuller picture of the work going on in the region, as well as how folks view their own activities through a food system strengthening perspective.
Session Moderator: Jennifer Weeber
Local Food Value Chains through an Equity Lens: 11:30am – 12:20pm
Food equity is the concept that all people have the ability and opportunity to grow and to consume healthful, affordable, and culturally significant foods. Creating an equitable local/regional food system, from the farm to the fork, can build community wealth, health, and resiliency. In this session we will explore the challenges and opportunities to building diversity, equity, and inclusion across the food system value-chain.
Panel Moderator: Martin Richards
Panel Speakers: Heather Fuston, Shelly Keeney, Tiffany Bellfield El-Amin
Call to Action: 12:20pm – 12:50
Deep dive in the 3 working groups and provide next steps to become an active participant.
Panel Moderators: Various