Agenda for Forward Food Summit

2015 Agenda, Speakers and Topics

(As of 4.13.15)


Doors Open
Registration and Breakfast Snacks

9:00 am
Opening Ceremony:
Boulder Food Rescue, Impact HUB Boulder, INVST Community Leadership Program

9:30 am – 10:15am 

Location:  BLUE ROOM
Beverly Grant, Mo’ Betta Green Marketplace
“Community Weaving”
Community Weaving. What is this process? Why is it essential to the effectiveness of a mission? How does this process deepen the impact of our strategies? Learn how an effective Community Weaving Process extends our reach into our Community.

Ray Lyall, Denver Homeless Out Loud
“Solidarity with the People You are Serving”
Our speaking presentation will generally focus attention on legislation. The ordinances, policies and tactics that discourage or prohibit individuals and groups from sharing food with persons experiencing poverty and/or homelessness. The problems have been talked about, discussed and rehashed and the cites of Colorado and other states still choose to implement these measures. But the impact and solutions go untouched. We wish to touch on the impact and then present positive legislation solutions to the issue. We believe through grassroots advocacy and strong legislative action, together we can alleviate today’s food insecurities.

Location: BLUE ROOM
Sabrina Sideris, INVST Community Leadership Program
Anti – Oppression Workshop:  
In this workshop,  we explore how the power dynamics of privilege and oppression influence our daily lives, and further, our work for food justice . Sabrina Sideris will facilitate this anti-oppression workshop, emphasising the role of socioeconomic class. As a group, we will question how class operates in societal systems and in our individual lives to impact our experiences.

Zoe Williams, 9 to 5
Anti – Oppression Workshop:  
In this workshop,  we explore how the power dynamics of privilege and oppression influence our daily lives, and further, our work for food justice. As a group, we will question how class operates in societal systems and in our individual lives to impact our experiences.

12:00- 1:00 pm
Vegetarian Lunch (With Plenty of Vegan and Gluten Free Options)
Provided by The Bridge House Community Table

1:00 – 1:45 pm

Location:  BLUE ROOM
Summer Laws, Boulder County Public Health 
“Sugary Drinks and Targeted Marketing: The diabetes epidemic and what Big Soda doesn’t want us to know”
The world and the United States are facing a diabetes epidemic of epic proportions. More than one third of all people in the US born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes. 50%, one half, of African American and Latino/a people born in the same year will develop diabetes. This presentation will examine the current inequities related to sugary drinks and their associated health consequences, the tactics taken by the beverage industry to target certain populations, and emerging and innovative public health interventions from across the country to address diabetes inequities.

Dr. Jeanine Canty, Naropa University
“The Historical Structures of Food Insecurity”
How is food injustice created?  Within this talk, Naropa University faculty, Jeanine M. Canty, will frame patterns of injustice for marginalized communities within the United States and how this sets the foundation for structural inequalities that create food injustice.

2:00- 2:45 pm

Location: BLUE ROOM
Wendy Mochetti, Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council and Mya Bea, Liberation Sequence Gardens
“Tools, stories and resources for understanding health impacts of our food environments”
In this session, we will think about what we know about our food environments, how they affect the health of our communities, and how we can go about finding out more. We will discuss trendy terms such as “food desert” and “food swamp” and how they help or hinder the way we think about our food environments. Data and mapping resources will be included and we will discuss a few examples of completed community food assessments and how they have been influential. Participants will be encouraged to share questions they have about their food environments so we can strategize as a group about how to address pressing questions.

Joe Deras-Espinoza and Miriam Estrada, Denver Fair Food
“Farmworker Justice”
We are students, young people, people of faith, and community members in and around Denver who work in partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a grassroots human rights organization of farmworkers working to end modern-day slavery and sweatshop labor conditions in Florida’s agricultural industry. Through an alliance of Denver residents and Florida workers, we seek to transform the purchasing practices of the corporate food industry in order to advance the human rights of farmworkers at the bottom of corporate supply chains.  This workshop will focus on the intersections of the modern food justice movement, race, and workers’ rights.

3:00-3:45 pm

Location: BLUE ROOM
Crisanta Duran, Majority Leader Colorado
“Food Deserts and Policy”
Majority Leader Duran will discuss the draft legislation she will sponsor regarding food deserts, including the history of the bill, the need for the legislation and the expected process of the legislation.

Marian Kalb, Hunger Free Colorado
“Food Stamps: Access, Barriers, Impact”
This session will include an overview of the Food Stamp program in Colorado (now known as the ​Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), with additional information specifically on Boulder County. We will look at issues around access, participation, the application process and what needs to happen to increase participation rates.  Potential administrative and policy solutions will also be discussed.

4:00-4:45 pm

Location: BLUE ROOM
Constance Gordon, CU Boulder
“Networking Food Justice: A Challenge to the Food Movement”
This session explores conceptions of “food justice” and the differences with the “food movement.” How might we organize a food movement that forwards justice for those disenfranchised within the food system? And how might we network with outside organizations, activists, and community members in ways that center this commitment to systemic justice? We will brainstorm together ways to build allied networks that ensure a more racially just and class conscious food movement.

John Díaz-Cortés, Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-violence (SPAN)
The session is an interactive conversation meant to clarify and and deepen attendee’s understanding of the implications of race in justice struggles. The conversation will highlight key learnings from throughout the day, address ambiguities and questions from the group, and support attendees in creating their own next steps for engaging with racial justice work.

Closing Statements from Boulder Food Rescue
Networking Time



Food Rescue Alliance Peer Learning Network Workshop

Workshop facilitated by the Cultivation Center
Invite only: For grassroots food rescue groups to develop the peer learning network of Food Rescue Alliance.