JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On Saturday, April 21, the Duval County Food Policy Council will host the inaugural Duval County Food Policy Summit at the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership. The summit will bring key players within the food system together for a public conversation. The goal of the summit is to identify solutions that can improve the quality and accessibility of healthy food for people living in Duval County.
Anyone interested in learning about how food influences our community’s overall health is invited to attend the summit. Cost is $5. Tickets can be ordered online.
Second Harvest Executive Director Bruce Ganger and Vice President for Advancement Karen Rieley have helped organize the event, in partnership with more than 70 other local organizations over the past year. Ganger currently serves as chairman of the Duval County Food Policy Council, a group that brings together stakeholders from diverse food-related sectors to examine how the food system is operating and to develop recommendations on how to improve it.
“This event is the next step in a community-based effort to ensure a quality food system leading to better health for all people in our county,” Ganger said. “Second Harvest is involved because we believe the food bank plays an important role in ensuring that the Jacksonville community has access to healthy and affordable food.”
The summit will include local and national perspectives on the food system, interaction with key players in the Duval County food system and post-conference resources to keep the community on the right path to a healthier lifestyle. In addition, attendees can uncover the challenges and opportunities to bringing healthy food to all members of a community, learn how to advocate for greater access to fresh and healthy food, discover how simple, tasty and affordable eating healthy food can be, exchange tips and resources to incorporate healthy food into their routine, and engage with child experts regarding the health benefits of good nutrition.
For more information about the event, or to register, click here.
When: Saturday, April 21, 2012 – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership, 4019 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32207
More Information: Call 904.253.2520 or visit the Suwanee River Area Health Education Center website.
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