The Institute for Public Health Innovation will host  Maryland’s first statewide food summit on Thursday, October 15, 2015. The event, Developing a Maryland Food Charter: Statewide Summit, will include nearly 60 participants from all five regions of the state, and focus on the following:

  • The current status of food systems issues that can be addressed at the state level;
  • An overview of the outcomes and themes that arose at the regional convenings that preceded the summit; and,
  • Finalizing and prioritizing the strategies from across the five food system domains (producing food, distributing food & food infrastructure, accessing food, eating food, and recovering food) that will be included in the Maryland Food Charter

A panel of experts from Grow & Fortify, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, Baltimore Office of Sustainability, Maryland State Department of Education, Center for a Livable Future, and Maryland Hunger Solutions will help answer the question, What is the Change You Want to See?, by providing their  perspectives in light of the current status of the Maryland  food system.

Summit participants will actively participate in refining and strengthening strategies that will be included in the first-ever Maryland Food Charter, and assess the feasibility of the strategies on which to take collective action. Participants will also to vote for one of three vision statement options that will also be included in the Maryland Food Charter, to be published in early 2016.

For additional details on this initiative, click here.