Northwest Food Partners Network’s 1st FREE Food Justice Conference
Chicago, IL – The Northwest Food Partners Network, (NFPN) a coalition of over 20 agencies that aim to combat hunger, is excited to announce its first 2014 Conference Food for Thought/Food for Life, Empowering Community for Food Justice.
The conference will be held on Saturday, June 28th from 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the McCormick Tribune YMCA at 1834 N. Lawndale. Lunch will be provided and the event is free to the community but space is limited. Interested attendees can visit nfpnchicago.org to register and for a complete listing of conference details.
“Building food security is about making the whole food system more sustainable,” says Jessica Surma, an AmeriCorps member who serves at La Casa Norte, NFPN’s lead agency and a non-profit that serves homeless youth and families throughout Chicago.
“Farmers, grocers, non-profits, and community members all have a part to play,” Surma says.
The conference will feature speakers from Dill Pickle Grocery Co-op, The Farm Network Project and Community Dinners. The event will also offer various workshops throughout the day providing cooking demonstrations, information on healthy meal planning, gardening, forming effect partnerships with local businesses, and how to start a 501(c)3 organization.
The NFPN coalition has collaborated since 2010 to work on issues of food security in the Humboldt Park, Logan Square, West Town, Hermosa and Belmont-Cragin communities. It was founded on the alarming statistic that in Chicago, 1-in-6 people are identified as food insecure and do not know when, or how they will receive their next meal.
NFPN projects have also included food drives, community gardening, and the Aveggies! A Nutrition Puppet Show, a project that employs Chicago’s youth as puppeteers to teach children about nutrition and fitness throughout the city.
NFPN’s mission is to collaborate to end hunger, improve nutrition and empower community members to build their own food security.
NFPN is funded through the Chicago Community Trust: www.cct.org and the conference has been made possible through the support of GCFD/Goodman Funding.