Upper Marlboro, Maryland (March 1, 2014) — In an effort to raise awareness and promote innovation in the County’s food system, the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council and Prince George’s Community College are partnering to host a TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” Viewing Party.  TEDxManhattan is a one-day conference in New York City featuring a dynamic and diverse group of speakers addressing issues in the sustainable food and farming movement.  The viewing party will show all three sessions of “Changing the Way We Eat” including a performance and talk by Parkdale High English teacher and poet, Clint Smith.  Local events will include a youth panel featuring students involved in food systems projects at Parkdale and Fairmont Heights High Schools and a free lunch catered by Chipotle.

“We’re excited to share the inspiring sustainable food systems work being done across the country, and starting a dialogue about how residents can become involved in changing the way Prince George’s County eats,” says Sydney Daigle, event organizer and Prince George’s County Food Equity Council Coordinator.

The event is co-hosted by the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council, a local food policy council funded by a CDC Community Transformation Grant and incubated within the Institute for Public Health Innovation.  The Food Equity Council’s mission is to significantly improve public health, food security, and community well-being of all who live, work, study, worship and play in the County.  The Council will develop and support policies, approaches, procedures, practices and initiatives to create systemic change to the local food system, ensuring health equity and food access especially among communities that have been negatively impacted by the current food system.

The TEDxManhattan Viewing Party will be hosted at the Prince George’s Community College Westphalia Campus located at 9109 Westphalia Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.  Tickets are limited and those interested in attending should RSVP to www.pgc-tedxmanhattan.eventbrite.com by 11:30 pm on February 28th.  Chipotle will cater a free lunch with vegetarian and vegan options available.  For more information about the Food Equity Council and its three workgroups, Anti-Hunger and Obesity Prevention, Healthy Food Retail, and Local Food Production, email[email protected].