UMass Dartmouth will host the Southcoast Food Security Forum on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Charlton College of Business Learning Pavilion and Auditorium.
At this forum, participants will hear from keynote speaker Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread, learn about the innovative work being done locally, and participate in a panel discussion with local experts.
Along the Southcoast, a large number of children and adults live in food deserts, without access to healthy, affordable food, or affordable and reliable transportation. “We are excited to bring the community together, to spark discussion, and learn from each other,” Stephanie Perks, Network Coordinator of the Southeastern Mass Food Security Network, said. “There are so many groups tackling this issue, so it’s a good time to meet, build new partnerships, share best practices, and hopefully inspire new ideas and solutions.”
The event is sponsored by the UMass Dartmouth’s Business Innovation Center at the Charlton College of Business and the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement. Collaborators include Coastline Elderly Services, the Marion Institute Connector Series, the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP), and the Southeastern Massachusetts Food Security Network.
Admission is free. For more details, and to register for the event, you can visit semaponline.org/foodsecurity.