The Merced County Hunger Task Force is a committee that is creating hope, help and alternatives to alleviate hunger. The MCHTF works with many different local organizations pulling together resources to better serve those in need by addressing an increasing food security issue within the Merced county.
This years Merced County Hunger Task Force Food Summit ’08 on November 6th, at Gateway Community Church in Merced, was a call to action throughout Merced County utilizing a grass roots approach in efforts to build a healthy sustainable food system for all.
The Summit Agenda went as follows:
- Networking Information Fair
- The Merced County Community Nutrition Assessment Project Report
- Key Note Speaker Andy Fisher , executive director of Community Food Security Coalition
- Guest speaker DeeDee D’Adamo with The Farm Bill Report from Congressmen Dennis Cardoza’s office
- A Local Documentary
- Breakout Sessions
- Food Security Strategy Groups Formed
At the end of the successful day, action committees were in place by citizens who will dedicate their time and talents for one year!
These volunteers will educate those communities with little or no access to healthy foods and transportation challenges, actively implementing the benefits and importance of eating healthy through these steps:
- Community Gardens
- Farmers Markets
- Corner Stores
- Farm to School Programs
- Policy Committees
- Food Banks and Pantries
We (Kat and Anna) are excited to be a part of this project and look forward to making a difference for a better future in Merced County with people who truly care!
Check back with our progress throughout the year and if you are interested in joining us contact Bill Ruth at (209)-383-4859 or by e-mail at email@example.com.