Food Policy Councils: Building the Western Region’s Food Policy Capacity

Working Together to Transform Emergency Food


Food Policy Councils: Building the Western Region’s Food Policy Capacity

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Monday, September 14

Instructors: Anne Palmer and Mark Winne, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future


Transforming the food system into one that is food secure, sustainable, and healthy increasingly requires effective public policy work. Local and state food policy councils, now numbering over 250 across North America, are organized to catalyze that transformation. This course will assist representatives from the greater western region to increase their organizational, communication, and policy skills. Through presentations and interactive group work, participants will acquire additional tools to increase the effectiveness of their food policy organizations and councils. Since most of the participants will be from the western region (Intermountain West and Pacific Coast), the course will also promote networking opportunities designed to lead to the development of a regional FPC network.

For more information contact Mark Winne or Anne Palmer.

Working Together to Transform Emergency Food

1:30 pm – 5:30 pm Sunday, September 13 AND

9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Monday, September 14

Instructors: Jessica Powers and Suzanne Babb, Nourish Network for the Right to Food at WhyHunger


After nearly five decades of service delivery, distribution, and incremental change, food banks and food pantries face increasing demand for their services. Clearly charity is not ending hunger. We will host a one and a half day visioning and strategy session to explore how food access providers can coalesce around an agenda to transform the dominant model of charity to one of social justice. Outcomes will include developing the beginnings of a shared political analysis, vision of an end to hunger and action steps to take together as we begin to move this vision to reality.


  • Challenge our assumptions.
  • Name risks, barriers, and obstacles to change.
  • Identify false solutions that we keep perpetuating.
  • Name strengths and opportunities.


  • Create a shared vision of how to transform emergency food.
  • Determine a one year action plan.
  • Space is limited to 50 participants. Full one and a half day commitment is required.

For more information contact Jessica Powers