Reflect on the past year of food justice efforts and accomplishments, including Cook County's adoption of the Good Food Purchasing Policy, make meaningful connections, and collectively imagine how we can transform the food system to support health and equity for all.
The day will consist of workshops, speakers, hands-on activities, food demos, a marketplace of resources and vendors, and a Food Business Clinic.
The 14th Annual Chicago Food Policy Summit is free for all attendees.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Monica M. White
Dr. Monica M. White is an Associate Professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and past President of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. She teaches courses in urban agriculture and community food systems and is the first African American woman to earn tenure in both the College of Agricultural Life Sciences and the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Her research investigates communities of color and grassroots organizations engaged in the development of sustainable, community food systems as a strategy to respond to issues of hunger and food inaccessibility. She has presented widely on these subjects, from University of Western Cape in South Africa to UC Berkeley to the Detroit Public Library. She is the author of Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement (UNC Press, January 2019).
Dr. White’s Speech will be part of the opening event at 9:30 AM.