BUFFALO, N.Y. – The second annual Buffalo Food Policy
Summit will be held Oct. 23-24 at the University at Buffalo and the
Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College.
It will bring together a large group of stakeholders –
including the public – to discuss opportunities for
sustainable economic development through the Western New York food
system, how to improve public school meals and why food policy can
be an engine for health, economic growth and social justice in this
community and nationally.
Sponsors include the UB School of Architecture and Planning Food
Systems Planning and Healthy Community Lab and many other
university and community groups, including the Buffalo Public
Schools, City of Buffalo, Erie County Department of Health and the
UB Civic Engagement and Public Policy Research Initiative. All
sponsors are listed here: http://hkhcbuffalo.org/sponsors/.
The summit is free, and five of six events are open to the
public. Those attending are asked to RSVP to CEPPrsvp@buffalo.edu or
online to http://tinyurl.com/lvofx6n.
Refreshments will be provided.
Full program details are available at: http://hkhcbuffalo.org/2nd-buffalo-food-policy-summit/
Keynote Address: 1:30 p.m., Oct. 23, Harriman Hall, UB
Julian Agyeman, PhD, professor, Department of Urban and
Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, will discuss
the relationship between humans, the environment, social justice
and equality in food systems research.
Panel Discussion: Following Agyeman’s speech
Moderator Samina Raja, PhD, associate professor, UB Department
of Urban and Regional Planning. Discussants include Heather Orom,
assistant professor in the Department of Community Health and
Health Behavior, UB School of Public Health and Health Professions;
Himanshu Grover, assistant professor, Department of Urban and
Regional Planning, UB School of Architecture and Planning; and Ted
Schmidt, associate professor, Department of Economics and Finance,
Buffalo State College.
Information Fair and Public Forum 5:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 23,
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Events will include free food, activities for all ages,
information about local business and food advocacy organizations, a
short play by Road Less Traveled Productions and a short speaking
program with local experts and members of the Food Policy Council
of Buffalo and Erie County.
Food Systems Planning and Policy Training Workshop, Oct.
24, 2 p.m., 100 Allen Hall, UB South Campus
The workshop will feature UB students and professors,
including Raja, director of the UB Food Systems
Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, who will demonstrate how
food systems contribute to the creation of healthy and sustainable
communities, and how municipal and regional governments around the
United States are using planning and policy tools to strengthen the
community food systems.
Screening: “A Place at the Table,” Oct. 24, 6
p.m., 107 Capen Hall, UB North Campus
A powerful film about Americans who maintain their dignity
as they struggle to find enough food to eat.