Food Security Summit

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The Food Security Summit is a six-part virtual series aiming to create space for people to learn about needs and resources and explore a shared understanding and a common vision to address regional food insecurity and hunger in the greater Grand Traverse region. It strives to create additional public awareness through sharing data and stories of care, resiliency, and change, and to highlight a whole-community issue that is rapidly increasing in severity with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food insecurity and hunger were already-growing problems prior to the pandemic, and are now magnified. Our food system is broken and we collectively have an opportunity to improve it. These are immediate problems that need quick implementation and long-term solutions rooted in sound community-based policies, programs, and strategies.

We invite you to attend if you are: experiencing food insecurity, supporting a family member or neighbor experiencing food insecurity, working at a food pantry or at an agency providing food assistance, a community member wanting to learn and support people experiencing food insecurity, working at an organization that supports people, or a community that is experiencing food insecurity, or simply curious about learning more about food and the future of your community.

Register for one or all of these sessions on Michigan State University Extension registration page.


This summit is provided through a grant from Rotary Charities.

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Summit Sessions


Session 1 – Who in Our Community is Facing Food Insecurity?

December 8, 2020 | 10:00-11:30 am EST
This first session seeks to refresh the lens at which we look at food insecurity and hunger. Join us to hear panelists and neighbors share their experiences of food security.

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Session 2 – What are the Sources of Food Assistance?

January 12, 2021 | 10:00-11:30 am EST
The second session takes a look at both public and private food assistance programs through the lens of those operating the programs. Learn about the challenges these programs have encountered during the pandemic and local responses.

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Session 4 – How do People in Need get Access to Healthy Food?

February 9, 2021 | 10:00-11:30 am EST
More info coming soon.

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Session 5 – What Values Drive our Solutions?

February 23, 2021 | 10:00-11:30 am EST
More info coming soon.

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