Dates: September 13 – 16, 2015
Location: DoubleTree Hotel, Portland, Oregon
Hosted by: Oregon Food Bank and the CTHG National Network
Over 500 representatives from food banks, farms, and organizations focused on health, education, and food justice gathered together for three days of critical discussion and action planning towards ending hunger and cultivating a more just food system.
- Build momentum and collective strength among food banks and hunger relief organizations towards a unified national agenda by inspiring each other, building relationships, having critical conversations, sharing practical tools, and creating common definitions.
- Communicate the impacts food banks are having in their communities, learn about community food security strategies to achieve those impacts, and examine new ways to measure impact.
- Encourage food banks to think strategically and deeply about community food systems work and examine the role of community food security strategies to affect systemic change in food banking
- Facilitate partnerships and collaboration between community food systems programs and anti-hunger programs.
- Cultivate a group of leaders to plan next steps to continue the momentum toward a national strategy and shared learning opportunities.
- Provide opportunities for community members to grow as leaders, engage with issues affecting them, and connect with other leaders.