Recap: Food & Community Grantee and Partners Meeting

Food & Community Grantee and Partners Meeting

May 7-9, 2013

Storified by WKKF· Fri, May 10 2013 07:51:37

Sustainability for Equitable Impact

On May 7-9, 2013, more than 170 Food & Community grantees and partners gathered in Kansas City, Mo. for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Food & Community Grantee and Partners meeting. Attendees spent several days exploring ways to build equity and sustain impact in their work to ensure that all children, families and communities have equitable access to good food and opportunities for physical activity. 
The Food & Community Grantee Meeting starts this afternoon. Follow along at #fandc13 for conversations about #goodfood and #healthykids!WKKF
Welcome Video: 2013 Food & Community Grantee and Partners Meetingkelloggfoundation
Arnell Hinkle of CANFIT welcomed attendees with Instant Recess and Food & Community Bingo. Linda Jo Doctor of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation set the context for the meeting and introduced the Learning Exchanges.
Food & Community grantees and partners attended two Learning Exchanges; one asked attendees to share best practices, breakthroughs, difficulties and hardships, while the other focused on building new connections. 

The second day of the meeting opened with a welcome from Sterling Speirn, the President and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Maya Wiley of the Center for Social Inclusion shared a racial equity approach to transforming the food system. Attendees then participated in small group conversations, where they applied a racial healing and equity lens to their work. 
It's not racism to look at race. But it is folly not to look at it. #fandc13 #mayawileyJ.R. Reynolds
Attendees participated in several site visits, which featured the pioneering "farm to fork" work of Good Natured Family Farms. Good Natured Family Farms has brought fresh, healthy food to new markets and vulnerable populations in the Kansas City area. Site visits included a distribution center and central warehouse, a Mennonite farming community, a Head Start Center, and a non-profit grocery store located inside the World Harvest Ministries church. 
In KC with #wkkf grantees. At Good Natured Family Farms distribution center. #fandc13 Barker
The day closed with a panel presentation featuring several members of the Good Natured Family Farms community. 
Radical concept in Kansas City: Buy Fresh. Buy local. #fandc13J.R. Reynolds
On the final day, Dr. Gail Christopher, vice president - program strategy, of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation shared insights on sustaining efforts to strengthen equity in the food system. 
#fandc13 Gail Christopher: Driver of chronic disease is our failing food system.Renaissance Project
The antidote to guilt and shame and feelings of powerlessness is love. #fandc13 #racialhealingJ.R. Reynolds
Gail Christopher: "Lead with love." #fandc13 And follow it up w strategy, organizing informed by research to stop those who don't. #fandc13Maya Wiley
Attendees participated in several workshops focused on sustaining equitable impact, which was followed by a brief presentation on current trends in national policy. 
The Food & Community Grantee and Partners meeting closed with "teach-ins" on several policy topics, including healthy food incentives and fresh food finance, to name a few. Livia Marques and Linda Jo Doctor of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation thanked attendees for their participation. 
A convention for good food? Yes. #fandc13ktandrea
That's a wrap! Thanks to everyone who traveled to Kansas City for #fandc13 . See you in #Detroit in 2014!WKKF

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