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Innovations in Healthy Food Access and Finance Symposium

Dana Frasz working to create the Alameda Kitchen poses for a photograph in the kitchen at the Alameda Point Collaborative, a supportive housing community helping families and individuals with homelessness and poverty, in Alameda, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Frasz is the founder and director of the non-profit Food Shift which works with communities, businesses and governments to create sustainable solutions to reduce food waste and hunger. The Alameda Kitchen will use kitchen space at the Alameda Point Collaborative to transform donated fresh fruits and vegetables into affordable, nutritious meals, along with providing job training for residents at the collaborative. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

Food Shift Founder & Director Dana Frasz will be speaking at a panel during the Innovations in Healthy Food Access and Finance Symposium on December 14th in San Francisco. The event is from 8:30am – 2:30pm at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Innovation in healthy food access is sprouting up all over the place. With vacant lots being replaced by urban gardens and apps that help home gardeners get their bumper crops to a food bank, examples of innovative strategies that promote access to healthy and affordable food continue to grow (no pun intended). These strategies also provide much needed employment and job skills for hard to employ individuals, as well as earned income for their nonprofit sponsors.

This symposium will highlight a range of projects that are on the cutting edge of increasing access to healthy food. Attendees will hear about the challenges and opportunities to support the local economy, benefit small farmers and eradicate food deserts. Presenters will discuss how they are looking to scale their projects to meet the growing demand for fresh and healthy food. Everyone will be inspired by the unique range of strategies that are culturally relevant and adaptable for any community.

Click here to register for the event and find more details. We hope to see you there!

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