Regional Food Policy Symposium in Pittsburgh Dec. 8

Regional Food Policy Council Symposium: “Working Together to Strengthen Our Food Systems”

The Pittsburgh Food Policy Council will host a regional Food Policy Council Symposium Thursday, December 8 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Lecture Hall of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.  The goal of the symposium is “Working Together to Strengthen Our Food Systems”.

Participants will share their experiences and goals in a day of learning through peer education and explore aspects of forming, defining, and creating outreach activities that are effective in addressing local food system concerns.

The event is highlighted by the presence of three experienced Food Policy Councils (FPCs) as they share their organization histories, challenges, and activities.  Michelle German and Grace Yogaretnam will speak on behalf of the Toronto (Canada) Youth Food Policy Council, Morgan Taggart for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga (OH) Food Policy Coalition, and Kim Davidson and Gretchen Natter for the Adams County (PA) Food Policy Council.  There will also be a networking lunch, a panel discussion Q&A, and breakout discussion groups.

 “This is a great chance for those already involved with Food Policy Councils to learn from their peers as well as an excellent opportunity for those wanting to learn more about the unique challenges and solutions our region offers in regards to food policy, “ posited Heather Mikulas, the Chair of the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council.  “I invite all to come learn, share, and strengthen our regional food system together!”

Registration is $35 and includes lunch.  To register call Tawnesha Anderson at 412-473-2540.  For more information regarding the symposium contact Heather Mikulas at 412-473-2758 or Ann DeSanctis at 412-473-2754.

This event is generously supported by a Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education grant, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and Penn State Extension of Allegheny County.

About the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council

“Reinvigorated in 2009, the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council (PFPC) envisions a food system that benefits our community, our economy and our environment, in ways that are equitable and sustainable. The council serves as a collaborative advisory organization, bringing together stakeholders from diverse food-related sectors to examine, develop and improve Pittsburgh’s food system. It is committed to working with City officials and residents of Pittsburgh to develop food and urban agriculture policy. The council provides technical assistance, education, momentum and support on issues related to food production, food access, food distribution, health/nutrition education and urban planning.”

More for information, including organizations involved with the PFPC, click here.

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