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Join community leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, farmers, youth, local government and health professionals interested in building community through food.

December 5 – 6, 2019
Rocky Mount Event Center, 285 NE Main St, Rocky Mount, NC 27801

Schedule at a Glance

8:30 – 9:30am

9:30 – 10:00am

9:50 – 10:00am

10:00 – 11:15am

11:30 – 12:15pm

12:15 – 1:15pm

1:15 – 2:30pm

2:45 – 4:00pm

4:00 – 5:00pm

5:30 – 7:30pm (off site location)


7:45 – 8:30am

8:30 – 9:45am

10:00 – 11:00am

11:15 – 12:30pm

12:30 – 2:00pm 

1:00 – 2:00pm

2:15 – 3:15pm

3:15 – 3:30pm


Thursday, December 5th

Registration & Breakfast

Welcome + Context Setting

Remarks: Dr. John Lumpkin, President BCBSNC Foundation

Keynote Presentation: Natalie Burke, Common Health Action
Cultivating interconnection: The power of equity work to catalyze connection

Regional breakouts  – Charlotte, Northeast, Southeast, Triad, Triangle, West


Workshop Sessions 1

Workshop Sessions 2

Fun Zone open! Time to have fun with the ropes course, climbing walls, and video arcade

Social Hour with refreshments at Rocky Mount Mills, 1151 Falls Rd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Dinner on your own

Breaks and beverages will be available throughout the day

Friday, December 6th

Registration & Breakfast

Workshop Sessions 3

Affinity group breakouts: Racial Equity Coaching | Stuck with Structure | Coordinators Unite | Urban Food Issues | Rural Food Issues | Food Recovery / Food Waste | Food Assessments

Workshop Sessions 4


Keynote Presentation: Jessica Holmes, Wake County Board of Commissioners
The importance of community representation in local government

Ignite Presentations – speed talks by community members

Closing & Group Photo


Breaks and beverage refreshments will be available throughout the day

Early bird registration

Regular registration

Late Registration


Each food council in the North Carolina Network of Food Councils can receive up to two free registrations and travel allowance.  Our team will send all food council leaders information on how to take advantage of these scholarships.

Cancelation Policy

If you are no longer able to attend the event, we are able to transfer your registration to a different person at any time. Email Mia Murphy,, to make that transition.

Before November 18th, we can refund registration costs minus a $20 fee.

After November 18th, we are not able to offer any refunds for registration.

Be a sponsor!

We invite organizations and businesses to support this event with financial sponsorship.  We are open to creative ideas for sponsors to contribute and add value to this event.  See the sponsorship opportunities.  Please contact Gini Knight at (919) 515-5362 or at with questions or ideas.

Special thanks to our event sponsors:

2019 NC Food Council Gathering
2019 NC Food Council Gathering
2019 NC Food Council Gathering
2019 NC Food Council Gathering
2019 NC Food Council Gathering
2019 NC Food Council Gathering
2019 NC Food Council Gathering
2019 NC Food Council Gathering
2019 NC Food Council Gathering
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