Colmar Manor, Maryland (April 17, 2014) — In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of local food policy councils and provide an opportunity for members and area councils to learn and share best practices, the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council will host a free public showing of the webinar “Community Food Councils: Challenge and Opportunities.”  The webinar is co-hosted by the Center for Enviornmental Farming Systems and the University of North Carolina’s (UNC) School of Government.

WHAT: Webinar Showing – Community Food Councils: Challenges and Opportunities
WHEN: Thursday, April 17th, 2014, 12:30-2:00 pm EDT
WHERE: Colmar Manor Town Hall, 3701 Lawrence St, Colmar Manor, MD 20722
The Prince George’s County Food Equity Council is a local food policy council whose mission is to significantly improve public health, food security, and community well-being of all who live, work, study, worship and play in Prince George’s County, Maryland.  The Food Equity Council is one of a growing number of local food policy councils that work collaboratively to identify and propose innovative solutions that advance local food systems in order to spur economic development, improve public health, and ensure environmental sustainability.According to the UNC School of Government, “Community and regional food councils…are emerging as important mechanisms to stimulate the kind of dialogue and concerted action necessary to improve local food systems. These councils are rapidly emerging across the country.”Food Equity Council Coordinator, Sydney Daigle, “Thank(s) UNC’s School of Government for generously awarding the Food Equity Council with a scholarship to host a free public showing of the webinar.  Prince George’s County’s rates of obesity and overweight are the highest in Maryland and food swamps densely populate the inner beltway.  The Food Equity Council plans to use the promising practices shared by experts and participants to enhance the strategies we use to tackle these issues.”The Prince George’s County Food Equity Council is incubated within the Institute for Public Health Innovation and funded by a CDC Community Transformation Grant.  For more information about the Food Equity Council and its three workgroups, Healthy Eating and Nutrition Education, Healthy Food Retail, and Local Food Production, email [email protected].

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