Rockford & Four Rivers Food Security Summit set for January

The Rockford & Four Rivers Food Security Summit will be Jan. 27-28 at Rockford College, 5050 E. State St.

The Summit will begin a process of dialogue among diverse community leaders to share knowledge of community food security concepts and our own local food system, identify critical issues and barriers to greater food security, and reach across sectors to develop cooperative actions and policies that make our community food secure for all people.

The Summit is intended to help us reach beyond our normal circle of colleagues and associates and bring us together with other diverse stakeholders to explore concerns that are more effectively addressed at a community or system level.

Topics to be addressed include:

Would the most vulnerable be the first to get access to the healthiest food?

Would farmers earn a fair wage for their labor and leave the land more fertile and biologically diverse with each generation?

Would area households find local, fresh and healthy whole foods readily available at neighborhood groceries, restaurants and other markets?

Three outstanding keynote presenters are scheduled to address the Summit: Diane Doherty, executive director of the Illinois Hunger Coalition; Michael Rozyne, author of Feeding Ourselves: Strategies for a New Illinois Food System; and Dr. Hans Diehl, founder of the Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP).

To request a registration form, write to: Karen Ream, Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement, Rockford College, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108. Standard registration fee (required for all participants) is $60. This includes dinner Friday, lunch Saturday, snacks and Summit packet. Scholarships are available. Exhibitor fee is $25 extra and includes one table in Summit exhibit area. To request a scholarship, include a brief letter describing your request and need for either a full or partial (half-price) scholarship, and send it to Karen Ream at Rockford College or by fax to (815) 226-4161. No phone registrations will be accepted. Completed registration forms must be received by Jan. 17, 2006.

For more information, go to You may also post background information about topics you would like to address at the Summit.

From the Dec. 28, 2005-Jan. 3, 2006, issue

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