“Food for All” One-day Summit, Nov. 13th

      Posted On: October 19, 2018

“Food for all. It’s a simple concept most of us among West Virginia’s hills agree with. No one should go hungry. That’s why the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition and other partners are holding a one-day food summit — “Food For All” — to gather those across the state fighting against hunger to secure food access and equity for all.

New Department of Agriculture data show that 15 million households with 40 million people struggled to get enough food in 2017. Nearly 15 percent of West Virginia households are food insecure. One in five kids in West Virginia struggles with hunger. Making sure people don’t go hungry is a growing concern across the country and there’s never been a more important time to get involved in the fight for food security for all.

There’s no cost to attend the summit scheduled for Nov. 13 in Buckhannon and registration is open. Attendees will have a chance to hear from and interact with a wide variety of food insecurity fighters, including Our Children Our Future Safety Net Campaign, WVU Food Justice Lab, American Friends Service Committee, West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families, faith community leaders, service providers and representatives from West Virginia’s two largest food banks, Mountaineer — located in the central part of the state — and Facing Hunger, located in the southern part of the state.

The summit will be held at The Event Center at Brushy Fork and run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food For All will feature presentations and group breakout sessions with a strong commitment to interactive discussions and follow-up actions to move sound food assistance policy forward in West Virginia while protecting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on the state and federal level. Local farm-to-table restaurant Fish Hawk Acres will provide a locally-sourced lunch, underscoring the important connection between food access for all, West Virginia’s agriculture businesses and the boost the 100 percent federally funded food assistance program provides to local economies. Each SNAP $1 spent in West Virginia generates $1.80 in economic impact.”

Read the full Charleston Gazette Mail article here.