Monday, December 14, 2015

Innovation in healthy food access is sprouting up all over the place. With vacant lots being replaced by urban gardens and apps that help home gardeners get their bumper crops to a food bank, examples of innovative strategies that promote access to healthy and affordable food continue to grow (no pun intended). These strategies also provide much needed employment and job skills for hard to employ individuals, as well as earned income for their nonprofit sponsors.

This symposium highlighted a range of projects that are on the cutting edge of increasing access to healthy food. Attendees heard about the challenges and opportunities to support the local economy, benefit small farmers and eradicate food deserts. Presenters discussed how they are looking to scale their projects to meet the growing demand for fresh and healthy food. Everyone was inspired by the unique range of strategies that are culturally relevant and adaptable for any community.

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9:00 am

Opening remarks

Lena Robinson, Regional Manager, Community Development

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

9:10 am

Community Building and Urban Farms
Moderator: Jennie Goldfarb, Mills College

  • Ariel Dekovic, City Slicker Farms
  • Doria Robinson, Urban Tilth
  • Heather Smith, People’s Community Garden

10:00 am

Farm to Plate: Making Cooked Food Accessible
Moderator: Susana Morales, Communities in Collaboration

  • Rabbi David Azen, Fresher Sacramento
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  • Angela Hadwin, Hope Collaborative

10:50 am

Technology driven resources
Video: By Any Sweets Necessary: Luke Tailor*

11:45 am

Break for lunch

12:30 pm

Employment Centered Models
Moderator: Lena Robinson, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

  • Patricia Johnson, Game Theory Academy
  • Gavin Raders, Planting Justice
  • Viola Gonzales, Anew America
  • Dana Frasz, Food Shift

1:30 pm

Financing Healthy Food Access
Moderator: Allison Hagey, PolicyLink
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  • Todd Hansen, The Health Trust
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  • Olivia Rebanal, Capital Impact Partners
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  • Mariela Cedeno, Mandela Marketplace
  • Catherine Howard, Northern CA Community Loan Fund (NCCLF)

2:30 pm


* The Bigger Picture Campaign is a collaboration between Youth Speaks Inc., and The University of California, San Francisco’s Center for Vulnerable Populations designed to combat the rising epidemic of Type-2 Diabetes by empowering youth to change the conversation about the disease, and work to change the social and environmental factors that have led to its spread.

Bigger Picture performance assemblies run from 45 to 60 minutes long and feature some of the most talented spoken word artists in the Bay Area as well a dynamic Power Point Presentation that includes showcasing the PSAs. All assemblies are appropriate for middle and high schools, and are combined with a classroom writing workshop preferably after the School Visit, for a select group of engaged attendees.