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Healthy Food, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities | Site Visit at the 2018 SAFSF Forum

June 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm PDT

We all know the phrase, “it takes a village.” This statement rings true for the Spokane region, where stakeholders are increasing access to healthy and nutritious food and developing a vibrant local food system from the ground up through the aid of strong relationships. Throughout the day, you will witness and experience the importance of robust community partnerships that are transforming lives in holistic, equitable, and impactful ways.

To learn about the broader context of the regional food system, we will head first to Second Harvest, a multi-faceted hunger relief network that distributes an average of two million pounds of food each month in 26 counties throughout eastern Washington and northern Idaho, including to more than 250 food banks, meal centers, and mobile markets. Their facilities include a state-of-the-art kitchen space that hosts many education, nutrition, and cooking programs for the community. We’ll tour their warehouse, hear from a number of their community partners, and participate in a short volunteer activity.

For lunch and learning, we’ll go to Westwood Middle School. Here we will explore the health, nutrition, and cultural change outcomes that have resulted from a district-wide school meal scratch cooking program developed in partnership with Empire Health FoundationSpokane Regional Health District, and Washington State University Extension Food $ense Nutrition Education. All 52 schools in the Spokane Public School district, the second largest school district in Washington state, now offer healthy, scratch-cooked meals to K-12 students, and childhood obesity rates have decreased by 12% across the nine regional school districts that have switched to scratch cooking.

Our last stop will take us to northwest Spokane to visit River City Youth Ops. Their mission is to create opportunities for youth enrichment in the neighborhood through community engagement, job training, and education. We will hear from youth leaders in the program, take a walking tour of their urban garden plots, and help harvest produce for sale at a weekly farmers’ market.

Host Organizations:
Second HarvestSpokane, WA
● Emily FrankoJesuit Volunteer Corps member, Second Harvest
● Kathy Hedgcockdirector of strategic gifts, Second Harvest
● Drew Meuerchief development officer, Second Harvest
● Ben PrezWashington Service Corps member; coordinator, Second Harvest at Schools, Second Harvest
● Mindy Wallacenutrition education manager, Second Harvest

Westwood Middle SchoolSpokane, WA
● Raeann DuncarSNAP-Ed behavioral economics coordinator, Washington State University Spokane County Extension
● Chef LJ Klinkenbergdirector of nutrition services, Cheney School District
● Laura Martinsenior program associate, Obesity Prevention, Empire Health Foundation
● Natalie Tauzinhealthy eating lead, Spokane Regional Health District
● Lori van AnrooyFood $ense program manager, Washington State University Spokane County Extension

River City Youth OpsSpokane, WA
● Dena Carrexecutive director
● Maddy Halversonfarm manager

Additional Speakers
Jewels Dietrichmanager of daily operations, The Women’s Hearth
Adell Whiteheadfamily support services manager, Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center at East Central Community Center
Linda Westermeyerdirector, The Better Living Center

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