March 22: Food Security in Our Community

United Way Symposium Series

March 22, 2017
Topic: Food Security in our Community

United Way of the Midlands' winter symposium on March 22nd will focus on the realities faced by many people who live in or at risk of poverty, as they seek to put food on the table. There are multiple factors that determine how much food they have access to, how healthy it is and how often people eat.  Key factors include poor access to grocery stores, quality and cost of food, transportation, nutrition awareness, and time. Area experts will examine local and national perspectives on the issue of food security, and discuss the community efforts focused on eliminating hunger and increasing access to healthy food. The discussion is intended to strengthen the local collaborative effort to ensure all individuals and families have proper nourishment to live long healthy lives.  Speakers will include representatives from the Hunger Collaborative, Food Bank for the Heartland, Hunger Free Heartland and Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition.


Susan Ogborn, Moderator
President and CEO, Food Bank of the Heartland


Craig Howell
Shared Servises Coordinator, Hunger Collaborative


Rachel Olive
Executive Director, Hunger Free Heartland


Adi M. Pour, Ph.D
Director, Douglas County Health Department


Amy Lazarus Yaroch, Ph.D
Executive Director, Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition