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Strengthening Local Food Systems with Community Partnerships

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Johnson C Smith University

Mosaic Village - Multipurpose Room

1635 West Trade Street

Charlotte, NC 28216

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The Come to the Table program presents its Equity at the Table Speaker Series, featuring a unique and diverse roster of distinguished speakers addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion, while educating the community about food security issues.

Join us Monday evening, June the 11th for a discussion with Executive Director of the Crossroads Community Food Network, Christie Balch, to discuss how community partnerships can strengthen the success of local food access projects.

Equity at the Table Speaker Series
June 11, 2018 ¦ Charlotte, NC
“Strengthening Local Food Systems with Community Partnerships”

Christie will talk about Crossroads Community Food Network's efforts to develop strong community partnerships, including the creation of a communal kitchen with a local church. By highlighting both the Network's successes and challenges with community partnerships, Christie will also engage attendees in interactive discussion around effective partnership development in their own food access work.

Christie grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, and holds an M.P.H from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has been the Executive Director of the Crossroads Community Food Network in Takoma Park, MD since 2013. Crossroads was the first farmers market in the country that launched a “double dollar” incentive program, matching the value of federal nutrition benefits spent at market, fulfilling a dual mission of increasing healthy food access for low-income residents while supporting local farmers. Before joining Crossroads, she worked as a Program Coordinator for the University of Maryland Extension, developing new community food projects in Maryland and Afghanistan. Christie also serves on the board of the Farmers Market Coalition, and was appointed to the USDA’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee in 2016.

About the Series

RAFI will host the Equity at the Table Speaker Series in locations across North Carolina from March through August 2018. The series is designed for people who are working in the intersection of equity and food security and for those with the desire to think more critically about equity in their work and volunteerism.

RAFI invites people of faith, farmers, activists, and journalists to come hear these perspectives.


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