Saturday, October 17, 2009

Forum on Food Access and Committee Development

Previously I posted on the issues surrounding food access in urban areas and how these policy topics intersect with community development. You can learn more and become part of the discussion at an upcoming forum hosted by the Philadelphia Committee on City Policy. I will be moderating the discussion. Hope to see you there!

Food Access and Community Development
A Panel Discussion Hosted by The Philadelphia Committee on City Policy

Tuesday November 10, 2009
6:00-8:00 PM
The Center for Architecture (1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia)
Free for PCCP members, $5 for non-members
Light food and refreshments will be provided

Panelists:
Yael Lehmann, MSW – Executive Director, The Food Trust
Vanessa Briggs, MBA, RD, LDN – Executive Director, Health Promotion Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Donald Hinkle-Brown – President, Lending and Community Investments, The Reinvestment Fund
Elizabeth Miller – Executive Director, Community Design Collaborative

Moderated by:
Gregory Heller – Managing Director for Economic Growth and Community Revitalization, The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation

Food access is one of the most important public health issues facing inner city communities today. Many low-income, urban communities lack access to grocery stores and produce markets. Yet food access is not a stand-alone issue; instead it is indelibly connected to local community development, economic growth, and urban planning and design. Philadelphia has recently been recognized as a national leader for efforts to bridge the food access divide, while also working to make the nexus to empower communities and provide assets that can increase neighborhood vitality. Please join the Philadelphia Committee on City Policy for a panel discussion featuring some of the leading experts and practitioners shaping Philadelphia’s nationally recognized achievements on addressing these issues.

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