Forward Food Summit

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Hosted in collaboration between Boulder Food Rescue and Denver Food Rescue.

2016 Forward Food Summit: April 16th

Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St. Denver, CO


This year’s Forward Food Summit is brought to you in collaboration of Boulder Food Rescue and Denver Food Rescue. Together we are hosting the first collaborative front range Forward Food Summit, focused on Food and Economic Justice.

Our goals are to both engage the audience with new ideas and to provide a space for individuals to network and facilitate potential collaborations between people working in the food justice field in the Front Range area.

All proceeds for this event will be split between Boulder Food Rescue and Denver Food Rescue. Both organizations work in their communities to provide healthy food access to those in need by redistributing healthy food that would otherwise be wasted and setting up no-cost grocery programs with communities to break down barriers to accessing food, by bicycle. Both organizations are members of a peer learning network called the Food Rescue Alliance, that helps support individuals in starting food rescue programs and is a space to share next and best practices, ideas and documents.

Tickets are $55 for General Admission, $35 for Students.

Please contact us at if you are interested in a scholarship for the registration fee, which will be done on a pay-what-you-can basis.

Agenda for the Day:

Registration: 8:30 – 9:00AM

Opening Ceremony: 9:00-9:15AM (Dance Hall)
Boulder Food Rescue & Denver Food Rescue & Food Rescue Alliance

Session 1: 9:15-9:45AM (Dance Hall)
Alejandra Perez-Urkoski, Community Enterprise
Intro to Food and Economic Justice

Session 2 (Anti-Oppression Workshop): 9:45-10:45AM (Dance Hall)
Brittni Laura Hernandez, Denver Food Rescue
This anti-oppression workshop on class will focus on our identities and examine how all of us experience privileges, and many of s also experience oppression, in our daily lives. We will look critically at social power and we will examine the ways that race and class can influence our work as food justice leaders.

Session 3: 11:00 – 11:45AM (Dance Hall)
Living Wage Panel: Why does the food industry harbor low paying jobs for people of color?
Facilitated by: Asia Dorsey, Five Points Fermentation
Nikhil Mankekar, Boulder Human Relations Commission
Maggie Gomez, 9 to 5 Colorado
Nearly one in eight people in Denver work in the food industry, many of which are those who need work the most. The food industry is often the first place people go for work when they are reentering the work force, or entering for the first time, and it produces, distributes and prepares a basic human need: food. Despite the importance of the food industry, it pays proverbially low wages, especially for people of color. Find out why, and what you can do about it.

Lunch 12:00-1:00PM  (Dance Hall and Jungle Room)

Catered by the Mercury Cafe
Vegetarian Lunch (vegan and gluten free choices will be available)

Session 4: 1:15-1:45PM

Youth Leadership in Food Justice (Dance Hall)
Cody Meinhardt, Green Leaf Youth
The GreenLeaf youth crew, a team of high school students who run a year-round farming and food distribution program, will lead us through a conversation around youth power and community organizing for food justice. We will touch on topics including access, affordability, food distribution models, and organizing techniques from a youth perspective. We will also dive into GreenLeaf’s unique youth leadership development model and explore other roles for young leaders in the movements for food and economic justice.

Culinary Arts Training and Social Enterprise – A strategy for Ending Homelessness (Jungle Room)
Scott Medina, Boulder Bridge House
A discussion of the role of social enterprise in the food sector as a strategy to create job training and placement for homeless and chronically unemployed adults to reenter the workforce.

Session 5: 2:00-2:45PM

Food Retail Panel (Dance Hall)
Facilitated by: Alan Lewis, Natural Grocers
Erik Kornacki, Re:Vision Co-op
M’Lissa Baker, Whole Foods
As the ideas of local, organic food, healthy food access, and food justice become more prevalent and important in our society, communities everywhere are inventing increasingly creative food retail systems: co-ops, CSA’s and food delivery are a few. Yet, these methods still make up a small fraction of the food available in the market. In this panel, we aim to reconcile the reality of our current food retail system, and explore the idea that no player, big or small, is free from the responsibility of making healthy food a right.

Denver Workforce Development Business Services
Tony Anderson, Denver Workforce Development (Jungle Room)
This session will provide information on the no cost services available to employers through Denver Workforce Development.

Session 6: 3:00-3:30 PM
What’s Cooking? The Fight for Micro-Business in Gloveville, Elyria-Swansea (Dance Hall)
Robin Reichhardt, Right to Live Well: Globeville, Elyria-Swansea
Come meet the women who are fighting Denver’s economic tide to launch their own micro-businesses, and learn about the rich culture of the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods.

Closing 3:30-3:35PM (Dance Hall)
Boulder Food Rescue and Denver Food Rescue

Networking 3:35-4:00PM (Jungle Room)
Spend some time making contacts and plans for the future!


Sunday, April 17th (For Food Rescue Organizations) 10:00-2:00PM
Location: Green Spaces 1368 26th St. Denver
Invite Only: See Helen Katich for more information
Lunch will be served.

Food Rescue Alliance: Peer Learning Network
Helen Katich, Boulder Food Rescue
The goal of this workshop is to build networks of food rescue organizations while developing the structure of the peer learning network of Food Rescue Alliance. We will discuss incorporating social justice into our work, peer learning networks, individual organizations’ strengths and weaknesses, and next steps for support and mutual aid.


El Registro: 8:30-9:00AM

Inauguración: 9:00-9:15AM (Salón de Baile)
Boulder Food Rescue & Denver Food Rescue & Food Rescue Alliance
Sesión 1: 9:15-9:45AM
Alejandra Perez-Urkoski, Empresa Communidad
Una introducción a Justicia Alimentaria

Sesión 2 (Sistemas Contra la Opresión): 9:45-10:45AM
Brittni Laura Hernandez, Denver Food Rescue
Este clase de sistemas contra la opresión esta enfocado en clase social, y examinará todos de los privilegios y opresiónes que vivimos cada dia en nuestras vidas. Miraramos con un ojo crítico a fuerzas sociales y examinaramos métodos que clases sociales y razas influencian nuestras trabaja como líderes en movimientos en justicia alimentaria.

Sesión 3: 11:00 – 11:45AM
Un Panel de Salarios dignos: Por qué queda trabaja que gana nada para gente de color en la industria de alimentos?
Facilitado por: Asia Dorsey, Five Points Fermentation
Nikhil Mankekar, Boulder Human Relations Commission
Maggie Gomez, 9 to 5 Colorado
Casi uno a ocho gente en Denver trabja en la industria de alimentos, la mayoria que la más necesita trabaja. La industria de alimentos es una tipa de trabaja común para gente que quiere a reingresar a trabajar o que esta ingresando a la primera vez. La industria produce, se distribuye, y se prepara una cosa basicamente y esencial a vivir; comida. Al lado de la importancia de este industria, se paga nada por las trabajadores y especialmente para trabajadores de color. Aqui, descubre por qué y qué se puede a hacer.
Almuerzo 12:00-1:00PM 
Comida de el Mercury Cafe
Almuerzo Vegetariano (vegan y opciones sin gluten disponible)

Sesión 4: 1:15-1:45PM

El Liderazgo de la Juventud en la Justicia Alimentaria (Salón de baile)
Cody Meinhardt, Green Leaf Youth
El equipo de el Greenleaf Youth es un grupo de estudiantes de escuela secundaria que organiza una programma de granjas y comida distribución todo el año. Ellos se van a conducirnos por un conversacion sobre la fuerza de la juventud y como organizar communidades para justicia de alimentarias. Que esta incluido en este conversacion es alimentos asequibles, modelos de distribucion de alimentos, y metodos de organizar communidades de una perspectiva del juventud. Además, exploraramos el modelo único de Greenleaf para el desarrolado de la juventud como lideres en movimientos de jusiticias alimentarias y economicas.

Formación de Artes de Culinarios y Empresas Social- Una Strategia a Terminar Indigencia (El Cuarto de la Selva)
Isabel McDevitt, Boulder Bridge House
Un discusión de el papel de empresas sociales en los sectores de alimentarias como una strategia a crear formaciónes de trabajas y tambien a poner indigentes (y quien son crónicamente desempleado) en las fuerzas laborales.

Sesión 5: 2:00-2:45PM

Un Panel de la venta al por menor de alimentarias (Salón de baile)
Facilitado por: Alan Lewis, Natural Grocers
Erik Kornacki, Re:Vision Co-op
M’Lissa Baker, Whole Foods
Que continua las ideas de alimentarias locales, organicos, saludables, y justos, communidades de todos partes estan inventando sistemas de las ventas por menores de alimentarias mas creativos: co-ops, CSA’s, y alimentarias entregados son ejemplos. Pero, estes metodos crean solamente una pequeña fracción de los alimentarias disponibles en el mercado. Aqui, quieremos a reconciliar la realidad de nuestro sistema de alimentacion, y exploramos la idea que todo tiene la responsibilidad a hacer alimentarias un derecho.

El Desarollamente de la Fuerza Laboral en Servicios de Negocios en Denver
Tony Anderson, Denver Workforce Development (El Cuarto de la Selva)
Este sesión proporcionará información sobre los servicios gratis que son disponsibles a empleadores entre Denver Workforce Development.
Sesión 6: 3:00-3:30 PM

Que esta cocinando? La Lucha para micro-negocios en Gloveville, Elyria-Swansea (El Salon de Baile)
Robin Reichhardt, Right to Live Well: Globeville, Elyria-Swansea
Conozca las mujeres que estan luchando la corriente de las economicas en Denver a empezar sus propios micro-negocios y aprender sobre la cultura rica de los barrios de Globeville y Elyria-Swansea.

El Final 3:30-3:35PM (El Salon de Baile)
Boulder Food Rescue and Denver Food Rescue

Habilidad para crear una red de contactos en la communidad

3:35-4:00PM (El Cuarto de la Selva)
Gasta tiempo a conocer gente nuevo y haga planes para el futuro!



Domingo, April 17th (Para Organizaciones de Food Rescue) 10:00-2:00PM
Ubicación: Green Spaces 1368 26th St. Denver

Solamente de invitación: contacta Helen Katich para mas informacion
Almuerzo incluido


Food Rescue Alliance: El Red de Aprender de Compañeros
Helen Katich, Boulder Food Rescue

Queremos a construir una red de organizaciones de food rescue y tambien desarollar la estructura de el red de aprender de compañeros de el Food Rescue Alliance. Discutiremos a incorporar justicias sociales en nuestra trabaja, el red de aprender de compañeros, fuerzas y debilidades de organizaciones individuales, y como a avanzar apoya y ayuda mutuo.

Our Mission

The Forward Food Summit exists to address issues surrounding food justice by creating a platform for the collaboration of organizations and people fighting for a more equitable food system. Our work is guided by the principles of inclusivity, transparency, and compassionate action.


Our Vision

We envision a food system built on the conscientious collaboration of community members who are committed to a sustainable system of food practices. We hope that The Forward Food Summit will establish a creative network of people dedicated to building such a food system where social and environmental considerations are prioritized over profit.


Our food system is plagued with innumerable problems and systemic poisons. From corporate farming to general wastefulness, the brokenness of the American food structure is apparent.

Thousands of social change agents have been spurred into action, starting groups committed to addressing both systemic causes and immediate needs. Unfortunately, often times these two different groups exist in silos from one another. Some organizations address the issues of food waste and insecurity very well, but do little to address the fundamental causes of these inequities, while other organizations are well founded in addressing the underlying causes of food inequities, but do little to address the urgent need that food insecure people have.The primary issue with this difference is not the fact that these organizations exist to address different elements of the problem but rather that there seems to be a lack of communication and collaboration between the different entities.  Therefore, it is our intent to help create a space where the issues surrounding our current food system can be addressed in a holistic, inclusive and collaborative manner.


We hope to connect people from all over the general movement and promote a concept we have coined as “Forward Food Thinking”. Forward food thinking implies the simultaneous consideration  of both fundamental food injustices and urgent needs of those who are food insecure. To accomplish this, Boulder Food Rescue will host the Forward Food Summit, which will act as a platform for people and organizations working on these issues to come together and share ideas, practices, ideologies, and skills, allowing formerly siloed organizations to pursue forward food thinking in their own communities.

You can contact us by e-mail [email protected]

Resources from last year:

Wendy Mochetti, Mya Bea: Powerpoint Presentation