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West Virginia Food Desert Summit to focus on collaboration and community-driven action plan

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WHAT: West Virginia Food Desert Summit 

WHO: Food retailers, farmers, researchers, food access specialists and government agencies 

Featured speakers include: 

  • Maryanne Reed, provost, West Virginia University 
  • Sue Day-Perroots, interim dean, WVU Extension Service 
  • Terrell Erickson, regional conservationist (Northeast), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service 
  • Molly Hartman, program director, Healthy Food Financing Initiative at Reinvestment Fund, a national initiative to improve access to healthy food in underserved rural and urban areas 
  • John Glazer, technical director, Social Enterprise Ecosystem, a federally-funded program that strengthens Ohio and West Virginia economies by helping social enterprises gain resources and operational capacity to ultimately address challenging determinants of economic and community wellbeing 

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 10a.m.-3 p.m. 

WHERE: Bridgeport Conference Center, 300 Conference Center Way, Bridgeport

NOTES: Hosted by: WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, WVU School of Public Health, WVU Extension Service and WVU Foundation, with support from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The WV Food Desert Summit is the third installment of an ongoing effort to generate collaborative strategies to build on the assets and activities already underway in the region. Recognizing the importance of food access to human health and community well-being, the objective of this convening is to understand how food systems efforts can work together toward the same goals, share resources between key players, and build a community-driven plan of action. 



CONTACT: Nikky Luna
WVU School of Public Health

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