More than 200 community leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, farmers, youth, local government and health professionals coming together to build healthy communities through food.
“This was an amazingly planned and executed event that sent us home with new ideas and focus. Thank you all so much. “
Special thanks to our event sponsors:
What 2019 attendees had to say
“Everything was such high value. The participants are like alka seltzer, just add water and look at them go! such powerful people with great minds. The social hour and especially the Fun Zone was an awesome chance for us all to laugh and bond.”
“These connections will allow us to expand the work we do and allow us to think in ways we had not been before.”
“I appreciated the support and inclusion of locally owned and/or POC owned businesses. It felt like organizers were putting their money and actions where their mouth is.”
“I learned and walked away with an appetite to learn more.”
“I have more awareness of systemic racism in the food system, and also all the other social and economic issues that contribute to the food system.”
NATALIE S. BURKE, CommonHealth ACTION
Here are just a few of the powerful takeaways from Ms. Burke’s keynote:
- The data on inequities tell why we must focus on systems and institutional change.
- Equity is about fairness. Fairness means whatever is necessary to get to the best possible outcome.
- Equitable Leaders use an Equity Lens, asking themselves “who experiences benefits and burdens?”
- The impact of your power must be greater than your intentions.
Natalie ended with words of encouragement, reminding everyone that the equity journey is one of evolutionary change, not revolutionary change. On this journey, we will make mistakes. The important thing is to continue to show up, do the work, push through this discomfort and make impacts that are even greater than our intentions.
JESSICA HOLMES, Wake County Board of Commissioners
Our Keynote Speaker for Day 2 was Jessica Holmes – a workers’ rights advocate, policy expert, and fighter for fairness and social justice. In 2014, Jessica became the youngest commissioner ever elected in Wake County’s history. She is currently serving her second term as chair of the Board of Commissioners.
Jessica shared with the group her own lived experiences, and discussed many of the innovative programs that are addressing food insecurity in Wake County. She also challenged us to have a deeper awareness of whose voices we are elevating with our work, and to continually ask ourselves if our communities are genuinely engaged in problem solving.
We are thankful for Jessica sharing her perspectives with us, and for reminding us that not all heroes wear capes – and WE are the ones who will create lasting change within our families, neighborhoods, schools, institutions, and faith communities.
2019 IGNITE PRESENTERS
An exciting series of quick 5-minute presentations highlighting community work.
Randi Byrd, UNC American Indian Center
Sarah Daniels, Cape Fear Food Council
Julius Tillery, Black Cotton
Mark Anthony Lucas Jr, Conetoe Family Life Center
Ashley Page, Columbia, SC Food Policy Committee
Ryan Morin, Terrence Smith, and Noran Sanford, Growing Change
16 WORKSHOP SESSIONS
THURSDAY WORKSHOP 1
1:15 – 2:30pm
NASH ROOMS 1-4
I Can See Clearly Now:
How to Use Your Equity Lens
Common Health Action
The Faces of Poverty
in North Carolina
Dr. Gene Nichol,
Boyd Tinsley Professor, University of North Carolina
THURSDAY WORKSHOP 2
2:45 – 4:00pm
NASH ROOMS 1-4
Incorporating Racial Equity Principles
LaShauna Austria (Alamance Food Collaborative),
Sue Perry-Cole and Kendrick Ransome (Just Foods Collaborative), Ashley Heger (Orange County Food Council)
Sonsera Kiger (Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC); Christina Bailey (Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and the King St. Market, Watauga Food Council)
Accountability and Values in Sustain Community Food Systems Work:
A Funders’ Dialogue
Jen Zuckerman (Duke World Food Policy Center), Sohnie Black (Fund for Democratic Communities); Merry Davis (BCBSNCF); LindaJo Doctor (W.K.Kellogg Foundation); Monica McCann (Resourceful Communities)
FRIDAY WORKSHOP 3
8:30 – 9:45AM
NASH ROOMS 1-4
Ancestral Awakening: Waccamaw Siouan Tribal Healing Greenspace
Mrs. Darlene Graham (Waccamaw Siouan), Mrs. Sue Young-Jacobs (Waccamaw Siouan), Mrs. Jean Brown (Waccamaw Siouan), Randi R. Byrd (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians)
The Financial Realities of Farming
Rural Advancement Foundation International – USA
Reshaping Communities By Grounding the Work of Health Equity into the Community Health Assessment Process
Ann Meletzke (Healthy Alamance, Alamance Food Collaborative) & Zo Mpofu (Buncombe County Public Heath)
FRIDAY WORKSHOP 4
11:15 – 12:30PM
NASH ROOMS 1-4
Race Wealth Gap Simulation
Rosa Saavedra (Bread for the World), LaShauna Austria (Benevolence Farm)
Celebrating Stories of
Moderator Gabrielle Eitienne (Revival Taste Collective), plus a farmer panel
Food Youth Initiative
ABC2 World Changers
Natalie S. Burke
Each food council in the North Carolina Network of Food Councils will receive two free registrations and travel allowance for one hotel room and one vehicle. We will be sending all food council leaders information on how to take advantage of these scholarships.