Cincinnati Regional Food Congress

The third annual Cincinnati Regional Food Congress was held at the UC Community Design Center on Saturday, April 9, 2011. Food Congress 2011 convened over 100 food interested stakeholders to learn about the ongoing improvements to the Cincinnati food system and discuss the potential for change. Mari Gallagher, a food systems research analyst and consultant opened the event with a talk on food balance. Following Mari, Tiffany McDowell from The Center for Closing the Health Gap presented the Center’s ongoing efforts to alleviate and eliminate barriers to food access and security in the Avondale neighborhood and the Center’s partnership with the Philadelphia Food Trust. The day also included a presentation by Larry Falkin, Director of the City’s Office of Enivironmental Quality. The three speakers primed participants for the three focused panels on supporting local farms, local food distribution models, and capitalizing on food waste as an asset. Each of these panels also questioned the potential for job creation within the local food economy. Food Congress 2011 served to educate individuals on the various activities and organizations working to improve the local food system.

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