Post Conference- Session Presentations

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Tuesday, September 12, 2107
SESSION 1: 9:45AM-11:00AM

What Could Participation Look Like?
Hana Dansky, Executive Director, Lindsey Loberg, Program Director, and Ingrid Castro-Campos, Community Researcher; Boulder Food Rescue

This workshop will explore tools and tactics for doing community-based participatory outreach, analysis and design with food insecure individuals. Attendees will learn about ways to create more inclusive spaces within their work, design creative strategies to gather feedback and implement that feedback within their programs and operations.

Building Sustainable Food Security through Community Development Strategies
Erik Talkin, CEO, Food Bank of Santa Barbara County; and Dora E. Martinez, Community Development Manager, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Santa Barbara County’s Alma Cena Sana (the healthy soul kitchen) is a place where the community can come together around helping each other be healthy with food. Community Food Bank in Tucson pursues a complementary approach, utilizing community development strategies and novel partnerships to ensure that food is the first, but not the last, step in building sustainable communities. Join us to share tips and practices for developing similar strategies in your communities.

Building Health System Investment in Food Justice
Lynn Knox, Statewide Health Care Liaison, Oregon Food Bank

Targeting of clinics or hospitals based on your area’s underserved populations is key. There is usually the most support at the clinics serving the most marginalized patients. Each area will have different demographics and health care facilities targeting their underserved populations. Figure this out and start there. Partnering with organizational advocates for these marginalized groups provides understanding, access and credibility

SESSION 2: 1:15pm-2:30pm

Disasters and Equity
Jill Watson, Emergency Management Coordinator, Seattle Human Services Department

Health Equity and Disaster Resiliency
Jacques Colon, Health Equity Coordinator, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Engaging Culturally-Diverse Communities in Hunger Relief
Mariya Klimenko, Hunger Relief Outreach and Partnership Coordinator, IRCO; Mandy Hurley, SUN Hunger Relief Program Manager, IRCO

This session will focus specifically on barriers faced by the refugee and immigrant community and cross sectional implications on race/ethnicity as understood by different cultures. By better understanding culturally-specific challenges, participants will be better positioned to identify and respond to inequities in service. We will share successful strategies that have worked for IRCO’s growing Hunger Relief program and innovative methods we have used to integrate the skills and knowledge of our clients and give them a central role in shaping services.

SESSION 3: 3:15pm-4:30pm

Faith Communities for Just Food
Emma Garcia, Co-Executive Director, Access of West Michigan; Erin Skidmore, Good Food Systems Coordinator, Access of West Michigan; Hannah Fernando, Farm to Pantry Coordinator, Access of West Michigan

Many food assistance organizations across the United States are, or began as, faith-based. Although most major religions espouse justice and equity, our food ministries often reflect paternalistic models of charity. This workshop will be an inter-faith dialogue focused on making changes to shift from charity to justice in faith-based food system work.

The Art of Placemaking: Food Security through Farming, Black Food Sovereignty, and Community Connections
Christine Hadekel, Statewide Education and Outreach Manager, Oregon Food Bank; Shantae Johnson, MudBone Grown; Arthur Shavers, MudBone Grown; Edward Hill, MudBone Grown

Unity Farm is a dynamic partnership between MudBone Grown and Oregon Food Bank. Though the principles of placemaking, we’ll share the evolution of this collaborative farm project, explore the role of small black-led agricultural enterprises in addressing food insecurity and examine how reclaiming urban spaces in the face of gentrification can foster community healing.

Food Justice & Latinos: How Do We Create Community-level Change?
Catarina Rivera, Washington Heights/Inwood Community Engagement Manager, City Harvest

Health programming has long focused on nutrition education and individual-level behavior. But achieving healthier Latino communities requires a shift in focus to systemic and environmental factors. Presenters will share their food justice work with Latinos and then participants will discuss key themes and ideas for action.

Wednesday, September 13, 2107
SESSION 4: 9:45am-11:00am

Innovative Collaborations to Address Food Security in Rural Communities
Clea Rome, Extension Director for Clallam County, Washington State University; Nils Johnson, Agriculture and Food Systems Program Coordinator, Washington State University

Building community food security requires interdisciplinary solutions that engage partners across all sectors of the food system – from farmers to food recovery organizations. Participants of this session will learn innovative methods for linking community efforts and building partnerships between groups engaged in all aspects of food systems work. Case studies include successful projects in Washington State with small farms, tribal, and low-income communities.

Wait, Whose Movement Is This?: Agency and Non-Exploitative Storytelling
Aliya Ewing, Communications Consultant

How do we ensure the stories we tell through our organizations are truthful without being unintentionally exploitative? How can we involve food-insecure people in the decision-making processes they are directly affected by? Consider these questions and more as we work towards a future of true collaboration as allies.

Enamored with Evaluation: Learning to Love Data
Karen Bassarab, Senior Program Officer, Food Communities and Public Health at Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future; Sharon Feuer Gruber, Co-Founder of Food Works Group; Angela Whitmal, Senior Director of Administration and Participant Services, Manna Food Center; Dara Bloom, Assistant Professor and Local Foods Extension Specialist, NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Jessica Allred, Director of Development and Advocacy, Missoula Food Bank; Kelli Hess, Program Operations Director, Missoula Food Bank; Daniel (DJ) Taitelbaum, Capacity Analysis Manager, Greater Boston Food Bank

Join us for a discussion about how evaluation can strengthen your work. Hear about Manna Food Center’s inclusion of equity and dignity in program evaluation. Learn from Missoula Food Bank about including the voice of clients, and from The Greater Boston Food Bank about using mapping to reach long-term goals.

Community Engagement in Diverse Neighborhoods: Successes, Challenges, and Tools
Community Engagement in Diverse Neighborhoods: Successes, Challenges, and Tools
Jerome Nathaniel, Community Engagement Manager for Northwest Queens, City Harvest; Susan Fowler, Staten Island Community Engagement Manager, City Harvest; Catarina Rivera Washington Heights/Inwood Community Engagement Manager, City Harvest; Keith Carr, Brooklyn Community Engagement Manager, City Harvest

City Harvest Community Engagement Managers will offer methods for food justice based community engagement by highlighting each of their distinct community organizing strategies through City Harvest’s Healthy Neighborhood Initiative. Participants will then break into groups to develop community engagement strategies for fictional neighborhoods with very real, yet unique, profiles.

Deep Dives
SESSION 5: 1:30-4:30pm

Stand Up, Fight Back: Trump-Era Policy Updates and Brainstorm
Action Worksheet
CTHG Deep Dive Notes

Christina Wong Public Policy Manager, Northwest Harvest; Liz Sheehan Castro, Director of Advocacy, Worcester County Food Bank; Claire Lane, Director, Washington’s Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition; David Hlebain, Basic Needs Campaign Coordinator, Statewide Poverty Action Network

Over this past year, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates have faced a constant barrage of federal policy battles, the consequences of which would put struggling families and individuals’ lives at risk. In this deep dive, we’ll give you the chance to learn the latest federal policy updates and recharge with others to share ideas about advocacy actions you can implement. We’ll offer 6 facilitated small group discussions on the following topics: SNAP and other safety net programs in the federal budget appropriations process, the 2018 Farm Bill, federal tax reform, health care and the Affordable Care Act, immigration, and state legislative initiatives.

White Women in the Buffer Zone: Exploring Racial Privilege
Josephine Radbill, Healthy Retail Coordinator, Mandela MarketPlace and Chelsea Sarg, Retail Incentive Coordinator, Mandela MarketPlace

This workshop will explore common patterns of white women working in “helping” professions, specifically the food movement. It is facilitated by two cis white women and intended to explore the experience of those socialized as white and female. How can people with white-skin privilege support and contribute to multiracial and multicultural food spaces? Through work in food justice how do white women inadvertently contribute to the maintenance of the current system? What potentials and models exist for subversion to “shake” the system towards greater equity and justice?