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Growing Regional Food System Opportunity: Capital and Beyond [GA]

  • 1000 Peachtree Street N.E. Atlanta, GA 30309 (map)

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, alongside Self-Help Credit Union, Hope Credit Union, Food Well Alliance, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invite you to join them on Thursday, April 12th for an event building off of the Federal Reserve System's August 2017 publication, Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities.

The event aims to help strengthen the ability of regional food systems to promote healthy food access, economic security, equity and prosperity in both rural and urban communities. They are convening practitioners, producers, investors, and others experienced with innovative food enterprises in order to learn from the successes of regional stakeholders as well as the ongoing challenges they face. Participants will also explore unique partnerships and policy initiatives to address capital gaps and inequitable access within disenfranchised communities.

This free event is by invitation only and guests must register online at http://frb.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1RIplYuilRElwI5 by April 5, 2018.

AGENDA

10:00 A.M.          WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

  • Kim Karris, Food Well Alliance; State of a regional food system;
  • Kelly Brownell, Duke World Food Policy Center; Public health disparities within the food system
  • Raphael Bostic, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Imbalances of wealth and access to capital

10:45 A.M.          FOSTERING HEALTH, EQUITY AND ECONOMIC IMPACT IN A REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEM: OBSTACLES AND OPPORTUNITIES

  • Moderator: Andrew Dumont, The Federal Reserve Board
  • Diane Harris, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Reverend Richard Joyner, Canotoe Family Life Center
  • Haile Johnston, Common Market
  • Jim Barham, USDA Rural Development

12:00 P.M.            LUNCH & KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Will Harris, White Oak Pastures

1:00 P.M.               STRENGTHENING AN EQUITABLE FOOD SYSTEM: FILLING CAPITAL GAPS

  • Moderator: Steve Saltzman, Self-Help Credit Union
  • Tamara Jones, Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network
  • Mary Elizabeth Evans, Hope Credit Union
  • Gary Matteson, Farm Credit Council
  • Eloris Speight, Alcorn State University, Center for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy  

2:00 P.M.             SMALL TABLE DISCUSSIONS

3:00 P.M.             CLOSING 

3:30 P.M.             OPTIONAL SITE VISIT: Truly Living Well Center

Please reach out with any additional questions – Hannah.quigley@self-help.org

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Self-Help Credit Union, Hope Credit Union, Food Well Alliance and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)