The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the fragility of our local food ecosystems, supply chain, distribution practices and has left thousands of people in our community not knowing from where their next meal would come.
Local government agencies responsible for managing emergencies and disasters, as well as local non-profits and food banks, simply weren’t prepared to feed the multitudes of people now food insecure due to the multiple issues brought on by the pandemic.
With local food systems collapsed and no plan nor infrastructure in place to provide meals, those who were at risk of being food insecure now joined those who are already at risk of not having access to food on a daily basis.
We believe we can do better.
The Conference on Food Resilience, Access, and Equity, presented by The Cook’s Nook, provides a forum to facilitate much needed dialogue and cooperation between local private and public organizations to share experience, know-how and best practices that address food insecurity for people most at risk during emergencies and disasters in local communities. We look forward to bringing together local, national, and international experts to collect best practices and create a workbook that all can use to strengthen their communities in central Texas and beyond.
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By understanding the local food system and its constituents’ goals and challenges, community and civic leaders are able to easily foster cooperation and collaboration and better address food insecurity for those most at risk during times of emergencies, disasters and recovery.
Facilitate dialogue and cooperation between local private and public organizations to share experience, information and best practices that address food insecurity for people most at risk during emergencies and disasters in local communities.
Bridge conversations and understanding between food system players, public agencies and community-focused organizations around food resilience, food security, and food justice
Establish relationships with leaders, public agencies and community-focused organizations to help address issues of food insecurity in our community.
Share experiences and challenges in developing, executing, and managing an emergency infrastructure to feed at risk populations
Who should attend?
Professionals, experts, civic and community leaders, who are passionate about ensuring our local food systems are ready and capable to address food insecurity, equity and access in our community.
Join the conversation and bridge new relationships with other food system leaders, public agencies and community-focused organizations to better understand how and where we can work together to address local needs and challenges around food security, access and equity.