WHAT: Vermont Everyone Eats Prepared Meals VIRTUAL Symposium
WHEN: Thursday 9/29/2022 from 10am to 4:30 pm (opens at 9:30am)
WHO: Anyone interested in being part of an ongoing conversation about how prepared meals can play a continued role in statewide economic development, food systems resilience, and solutions to food insecurity.
Session One – “Food as Medicine” (10:00am-12:00pm)
Moderator: Keely Agan, Child Nutrition Initiatives Specialist, Hunger Free Vermont
Overview of the relationship of food-to-health outcomes and the state of hunger in Vermont. What does the provision of prepared meals look like in Vermont? What are the challenges and gaps? Moderated panel conversation and Q&A.
Keynote Speaker – Sen. Becca Balint, VT Senator & Candidate for U.S. Congress
Session Two – “Is it Revenue or Philanthropy?” (12:50-2:30pm)
Moderator: Stephanie Bonin, Former Executive Director, Downtown Brattleboro Alliance
Let’s talk about how restaurants, farms, and those distributing meals to food insecure community members can all benefit from being interconnected. Moderated panel conversation and Q&A.
Vermont Everyone Eats Documentary Sneak Peek
Session Three – “Too Good to Die” (3:00-4:30pm)
Moderator: Sarah Waring, NH/VT State Director, USDA Rural Development
Exploring the future of locally sourced prepared meals. Moderated panel conversation and Q&A.
Are you interested in being part of an ongoing conversation about how prepared meals can play a continued role in statewide economic development, food systems resilience, and solutions to food insecurity?
Do you work with the public as a restaurant owner or employee, farmer, community food provider, food shelf manager, policy maker, local food advocate, social worker, counselor, medical professional, community leader, or in a related capacity? Do you work with or represent people who would benefit from greater access to prepared meals: seniors, veterans, students, child care providers, low-income households, people with disabilities?
We welcome participants from within and outside of Vermont. This event will provide opportunities for connecting with other individuals, some of whom are part of an extensive network of programs already in operation.