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Welcome to Feeding Wisconsin’s 2018 Hunger and Health Summit, sponsored by UnitedHealthCare, which will be held on April 9 and 10 at the Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.

With continuing uncertainty regarding important anti-hunger and health promoting programs like SNAP and Medicaid, our ability to break through the gridlock and polarization to fight hunger and improve health is more important than ever.

This year, we are excited to partner with the Wisconsin Local Food Network for enhanced sessions on food systems alignment and expanding access to grow, sell, and buy affordable and healthy, Wisconsin grown food.  No special registration needed - simply register for the 2018 summit and attend any session on the agenda.

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Monday, April 9
 

9:00am CDT

The Wisconsin Local Food Network Food Systems Convergence
Join the Wisconsin Local Food Network at the 2018 Hunger & Health Summit pre-conference event, bringing together important food system partners from farmers to eaters and everyone in between.

Come and share your vision on how to create a good food movement that supports sustainable agriculture and makes healthy food accessible for all. In this session you will hear exciting updates on developments for the Wisconsin Local Food Network and from a variety of collaborative groups working across the state.

The session will feature a facilitated discussion with the editors and contributors to the book, Good Food, Strong Communities,  exploring how we can grow our networks, recognize the need for racial justice and equity, and build our communities through food system work. This session aims to build on all the great work that has been done in the past and seeks to create a plan of action to chart a coordinated path forward. Please lend your voice to this important networking and planning session.

The pre-conference session, taking place from 9:00 - 11:30 am, will provide a space for continued conversations from those that participated in past local food Summits, the Convergence in La Crosse, and an opportunity for new voices to come to the table. It will also set the table for attendees to take full advantage of the WLFN sessions at the 2018 Hunger and Health summit later in the afternoon and the next day.

Join us to share your input on how to more effectively work together to build a food system that makes it easy to grow, sell, access, and eat healthy food for all people in Wisconsin.

Moderators
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Sarah Lloyd

Director of Special Projects, Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative/Wisconsin Farmers Union
Sarah Lloyd farms with her husband Nels Nelson on the 350-cow Nelson dairy farm in Wisconsin. She works off-farm as the Director of Special Projects for the Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU). This work includes; support for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers, organizing for... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright

Program Manager, Weight of the Fox Valley
Sarah Wright is Program Manager for Weight of the Fox Valley, having previously led similar community-based health initiatives through re:TH!NK, the healthy living coalition of the Winnebago County Health Department. This includes leading Farm to School programs, developing partnerships... Read More →
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Gre Zahn

Wisconsin Local Food Network (WLFN) Board Member & Circle Union Farm Owner, Wisconsin Local Food Network
Greg is a Wisconsin Local Food Network (WLFN) Board Member. LEED certified architect with Zahn Design Architects until 2014. Greg owns and operates Circle Union Farm, Manitowoc County and is a partner HUB Studio Café Plymouth. His graduate work is in Environmental Policy at USDA... Read More →

Speakers
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Sue Anderson

Wisconsin Healthy Food Systems Alliance
Sue Anderson worked for the Wood County Health Department’s Get Active program from Nov. 2011 to Dec. 2016, primarily in local food procurement for schools.  She is a local food enthusiast, backyard gardener, Master Food Preserver, Environmental educator and member of Central Rivers... Read More →
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Will Green

Mentoring Positive & Off the Block Enterprises
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Greg Lawless

UW-Extension
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Tatiana Maida

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center
Tatiana Maida works at Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers since 2010 where she developed and currently manages Healthy Choices Department, an Obesity intervention that focuses on comprehensive family education, community leadership and environmental changes that increase access... Read More →
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Donale Richards

Mentoring Positive & Off the Block Enterprises



Monday April 9, 2018 9:00am - 11:30am CDT
Room I

1:00pm CDT

Opening General Session: A Conversation with Tim English, Regional Administrator, USDA-FNS
With the upcoming Farm Bill and other proposed changes to important nutrition assistance programs like SNAP, understanding USDA's stance on program flexibility and vision for the future will be vital to our success in working toward a healthy and hunger-free Wisconsin. Tim English, Regional Administrator for the Midwest Regional Office of Food and Nutrition Service at USDA, will join us to shed some light on USDA's plans and answer any questions you might have. 

Speakers
avatar for Tim English

Tim English

Regional Administrator, Midwest Regional Office, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
Tim English is the Regional Administrator of the Midwest Region of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service in in Chicago, Illinois. Under his leadership the Midwest Regional Office provides oversight of program operations and technical assistance to State and local partners who administer... Read More →


2:30pm CDT

Transforming Food Pantries through Volunteerism
This session will feature nonprofit professionals with significant experience in volunteer engagement, and the role volunteers play in sustaining and furthering the mission of hunger relief organizations. Attendees will learn from: Catherine Draeger-Pederson, Executive Director of Friedens Community Ministries, about how Friedens, as a “learning organization,” empowers its 2,500+ volunteers to both grow as individuals and serve the community; Rayna Andrews, Sr. Director of Community Engagement & Partnerships, about Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin’s recent Service Enterprise certification process and the fundamentals of volunteer engagement; and Donna Ambrose, Director of Partnerships and Programs for Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, previously the Executive Director of Caritas Community Resource Center in Beloit, who will share best practices for volunteer training.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Ambrose

Donna Ambrose

Director of Partnerships and Programs, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
Donna Ambrose is the Director of Partnerships and Programs for Second Harvest Food Bank of SW WI. Prior to joining the food bank, Donna was the Executive Director of The Caritas Community Resource Center in Beloit for the past 6 years. Donna has extensive volunteer experience; she... Read More →
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Rayna Andrews

Sr. Director of Community Impact, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
Rayna Andrews is an enterprising public affairs leader with a decade of professional experience in both the government and non-profit sectors. Her expertise is in public relations, community engagement and government affairs. Andrews currently serves as the Senior Director of Community... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Draeger-Pederson

Catherine Draeger-Pederson

Executive Director, Friedens Food Pantries
Catherine Draeger-Pederson, MA is a nonprofit entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience empowering people to make a difference in their community. As the Executive Director of Friedens Community Ministries, 2016 BBB Torch Award recipient, she oversees a network of four food pantries... Read More →



Monday April 9, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Room I

2:30pm CDT

Addressing Issues of Nutrition and Chronic Disease through Food Pantry Services
Health systems have begun to appreciate that socio–economic factors have more influence on health than primary
care. Nutrition is one of the more strategic factors with impact on chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension
and heart failure. Our Milwaukee presenters have helped manage chronic diseases through education, cooking demonstrations and through collaboration with other health care providers. Our panel will discuss successful strategies used to
improve health care outcomes in vulnerable populations served through their Healthy Food Pantry in urban Milwaukee. In contrast, you’ll also learn about programs in rural Monroe County, who have successfully collaborated with local and state partners to address food insecurity. Through maximizing available local and state resources and projects, Monroe County has used the power of relationships to mobilize community partners to implement backpack programs, screenings for food insecurity from healthcare providers, and create healthier food pantries.

Speakers
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Julie Anderson

Public Health Nurse, Monroe County Health Department
Julie Anderson has been a nurse for almost 20 years working in public health, long term care, and nursing leadership. Julie has lived in Monroe County since she met her husband 18 years ago and they have three children. Julie & her husband have been very active in their community... Read More →
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Nancy Leahy, APNP

Nurse Practitioner, Community Services, Ascension Columbia-St. Marys
Nancy is a nurse practitioner working at the Healthy Food Pantry in the Ascension Ebenezer Health Resource Center.  She provides one-on-one counseling, assessment and education for chronic diseases.  She has background with working with elderly vulnerable patients in their homes... Read More →
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Brenda Buchanan, RN, BSN

Parish Nurse, Community Services, Ascension Columbia-St. Mary's
Brenda is a nurse working at the Healthy Food Pantry in the Ascension Ebenezer Health Resource Center.  She provides cooking demonstrations and personalized shopping for the clients at the Pantry.  She has experience working with vulnerable populations including the homeless, people... Read More →
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Kayleigh Day

Community Health Educator, Monroe County Health Department
Kayleigh Day, MPH, CHES: Kayleigh Day has been a Community Health Educator with Monroe County Health Department since May 2015. She works across various programs including maternal child health, tobacco, safe water, safety and injury prevention, mental health, nutrition, and substance... Read More →
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Julia Means

Parish Nurse, Community Services, Community Services, Ascension Columbia-St. Marys
Julia started Ascension Ebenezer Health Resource Center in 2015 after the closing of the Chronic Disease Management Clinic.  Her ministry had evolved to include several churches, community centers, schools and resource centers.  This ministry has served people of all ages, cultures... Read More →



Monday April 9, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Room F

2:30pm CDT

The Present and Future Medicaid
Medicaid provides medical coverage to nearly 70 million Americans. In Wisconsin, the Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) covers over 1 million of our friends and neighbors. With the tough choices that many Wisconsin families face every day, Medicaid helps provide access to the healthcare they need to work toward a better future. Yet, there are very real threats to how Medicaid operates and coordinates with programs for low-income families making the program’s present uncertain and unclear. At the same time, there are also very real opportunities for how Medicaid could operate that would help to increase funding, measurement and drive improvements in addressing social determinants of health. Join this session to learn what the present and future of Medicaid holds from two state and national leaders.

Speakers
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Andrew Anderson

Senior Director, Quality Measurement, National Quality Forum
Andrew Anderson is a senior director of quality measurement at the National Quality Forum (NQF) and leads work related to social determinants of health and health and health care disparities. Prior joining NQF, he managed a survey research program at the Association of American Medical... Read More →
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Jon Peacock

Research Director, Kids Forward
Jon has nearly 40 years of experience working on public policy issues in Wisconsin. Since 1999Jon has been the research director for Kids Forward (formerly The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families), where he has been actively involved in issues relating to BadgerCare, Medicaid... Read More →



Monday April 9, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Room G

2:30pm CDT

An Introduction to the State of Wisconsin FoodShare Team
This session provides an introduction to the State of Wisconsin FoodShare team. The session provides information regarding policy making process, including what happens from legislative enactment to implementation.  The session also provides information about the FoodShare outreach and FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) programs, such as program administration, successes, and how to engage with state staff working on these programs.

Speakers
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Stephanie Mabrey

FoodShare Program and Policy Analyst, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Steph Mabrey has worked with the FoodShare Policy team at the Department of Health Services for approximately two years. Prior to that, she worked for the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau on the State’s Medicaid Long-Term Care and FoodShare budgets. She received her Master’s... Read More →
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Katie Vieira

FSET Program and Policy Analyst, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Katie Vieira has worked with the FSET Policy team at the Department of Health Services for approximately two years. Prior to that, she worked for the Department of Safety and Professional Services writing administrative rules for the Department and attached professional licensing... Read More →
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Jayne Wanless

FoodShare Program and Policy Analyst, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Jayne Wanless is a FoodShare Employment and Training Program and Planning Analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.  Jayne began working with employment and training programs in 1996 and held a variety of roles with local employment and training providers and the State... Read More →



Monday April 9, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Room E Chula Vista Resort, 2501 River Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

2:30pm CDT

Developing a State Network of Food Policy Councils
In this session we will call on food policy leaders and advocates from around the state to share their current focus and discuss how a statewide network of food policy advocates can affect change. Attendees will be given time to share successes, challenges, and plan for next steps. 

Speakers
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Nick Heckman

Food Security Policy Analyst, Madison and Dane County Health Department
Nick Heckman is a policy analyst for Public Health Madison and Dane County focusing on access to food, nutrition, and health care in Dane County. He received his Masters in Public Affairs from UW-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs. Prior to working at PHMDC, Nick was... Read More →
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George Reistad

Food Policy Director, City of Madison
Georg is the Food Policy Director for the City of Madison. He comes from a sustainableagriculture and local food systems background, formerly serving as the Associate Policy Director at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. In his relatively new role at the City, George focuses... Read More →



Monday April 9, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Room H

4:15pm CDT

Break Your Logjam: A Problem-Solving Session for Food Pantries
What is challenging your food pantry? Is there a space problem? Are volunteers in short supply or not working well together? Is the pantry receiving an undesirable product but it's hard to say "no"? Would the pantry's irreplaceable manager like to retire but is not sure how that can happen? This session combines sharing, listening and problem-solving. Attendees identify an actual food pantry challenge; the facilitator and audience work together to help brainstorm solutions.

Speakers
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Kitty Kocol

The Emergency Food Assistance Program, Grant Administrator, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Kitty Kocol has a 30-year career in Wisconsin government and non-profits, managing statewide programs for organizations that serve low-income households. She currently administers The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) that provides USDA Commodity Foods to pantries, shelters... Read More →


Monday April 9, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm CDT
Room E Chula Vista Resort, 2501 River Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

4:15pm CDT

Food Pantries Solving Hunger from Cradle to College
School food programs offer lunch options, occasional breakfasts, and if a child is enrolled in the right programs a snack after school, but what happens once the child goes home?  What if you are a college student in school full-time, who does not qualify for FoodShare?  In this session, you will learn about how food pantries and other programs are combatting child hunger from cradle to college age.   Child hunger is evolving and food programs must be ready to evolve with it.  Information shared can be applied to other food pantry and bank models providing insight into best practices, realistic practical solutions, and actionable next steps; improving access and overall health for those using these services.

Speakers
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Jamie Daugherty

Assistant Professor/Dietitian, Fontbonne University
Jamie has been a dietitian for 14 years and brings many ingredients to the table.  She received her BA in Psychology from St. Louis University and a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from University of Illinois – Chicago.  Upon completion of all Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics requirements... Read More →
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Hope Schaefer

Program Manager, Oshkosh Area Food Pantry
Hope Schaefer is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Master of Science, Recreation Management Program. Hope has over 6 years of non-profit program experience and is a past lecturer in the Recreation Management Program at UW-La Crosse; teaching Leadership and Supervision... Read More →



Monday April 9, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm CDT
Room I

4:15pm CDT

Leveraging Community Health Assessments to Drive Collaboration & Impact
Obesity continues to be identified as a health priority in the Fox Valley as evidenced by information in Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA’s). Health systems and public health agencies are required to  conduct a CHNA and in the Fox Valley these entities collaborate to complete the work together. Through the collaboration, these partners identified obesity as a common, shared health priority, and are committed to work toward ‘moving the [obesity] needle’ together.  One result from this collaboration was the creation of  the Weight of the Fox Valley (WOTFV); a community collaborative which uses the  Collective Impact approach and represents a myriad of community organizations from public health, healthcare, local coalitions, YMCA’s, schools, childcare centers, municipal leaders, businesses, faith communities, hunger-relief programs, and more. Join us to learn how the Community Health Improvement Process is applied to address the issue of obesity using the WOTFV initiative as an example. Participants will receive hands-on experience on how to identify partners in the community to solve wicked problems such as hunger and nutrition, including some unlikely or non-traditional partnerships.

Speakers
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Julia Salomon

Public Health Planner, Winnebago County
Julia Salomon joined the Winnebago County Health Department in May of 2017 as a public health planner. In this capacity Julia assists staff with programmatic planning and evaluation, as well as departmental strategic planning, accreditation efforts and community health assessments... Read More →
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Sarah Wright

Program Manager, Weight of the Fox Valley
Sarah Wright is Program Manager for Weight of the Fox Valley, having previously led similar community-based health initiatives through re:TH!NK, the healthy living coalition of the Winnebago County Health Department. This includes leading Farm to School programs, developing partnerships... Read More →



Monday April 9, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm CDT
Room F

4:15pm CDT

Community Programs that Address the Root Causes of Poverty
This workshop will discuss innovative & effective programs that help people overcome poverty and increase economic security by removing major barriers to employment. Featured Community Action Agencies include: the Fatherhood Initiative, helping formerly incarcerated and unemployed fathers get training & jobs to support their children; JBD, assisting low-income entrepreneurs to start or expand small businesses; Skills Enhancement, providing low-wage workers with technical college training to get better paying jobs; Work-N-Wheels, which helps low-income workers with transportation challenges to buy reliable vehicles. This session will also feature Groundwork Milwaukee, a nonprofit with a unique approach to addressing root causes of poverty through its eight programs and mission.

Speakers
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Jonathan Bader

Director of Public Policy & Programs, Wisconsin Association of Community Action Programs
Jonathan Bader works for WISCAP, the statewide Association of Wisconsin’s 18 Community Action Agencies, where he is the Programs & Policy Director. Since 1991 he’s been a public policy advocate on health, nutrition, and poverty programs. He has managed several successful economic... Read More →
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Kathy Doyle

ADVOCAP Business Development Director, ADVOCAP
Kathy Doyle is the Business Development Director for ADVOCAP, Inc., a Community Action Agency in Fond du Lac. Kathy majored in Business at the University of Wisconsin and now manages the business development projects as well as the agencies four economic development loan funds. She... Read More →
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Brian Sales

Goundwork Milwaukee
A proud Veteran and the founder of the Green Veterans Group, Brian Sales has more than ten years of experience in the US Army, including one tour in Kosovo and two combat tours in Iraq in support of “Operation Iraqi Freedom.“ Brian has supervised and trained personnel in supply... Read More →
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Erick Williams

Program Manager, Community Action, Inc. of Rock and Walworth Counties
Erick Williams has worked for over six years as a Program Manager at Community Action, Inc. of Rock and Walworth Counties. Erick manages the Fatherhood/High School mentoring programs. The Fatherhood program participants meet Mon-Fri. from 9am-1pm. Since overseeing the Fatherhood program... Read More →



Monday April 9, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm CDT
Room G

4:15pm CDT

How can the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Help You?
Learn about free resources available to you from WI Department of Agriculture staff and have a chance to share what resources you would like to see DATCP create. Come with your ideas and questions!

Speakers
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Kietra Olson

Local Foods Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection
In her role as Local Foods Specialist for WI DATCP, Kietra works to promote agricultural development across the state of Wisconsin. Kietra manages the Wisconsin Foods Program which provides technical assistance to value-added producers and businesses, producer development, and the... Read More →



Monday April 9, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm CDT
Room H

5:30pm CDT

Welcome Networking Reception
Please join us for a networking reception to meet your fellow Hunger Fighters and Health Promoters throughout the state. Light hors d'oeuvres, cash bar. 

 
Tuesday, April 10
 

8:00am CDT

Breaking Through to Build Strong, Healthy and Equitable Communities
While political and policy uncertainties threaten to disrupt how major health and anti-hunger programs operate, work continues in local communities to build strong, healthy and more equitable communities. Our morning plenary panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities in this environment and how we can come together and Break Through for improved hunger, health, and equity outcomes from provider, non-profit, and community perspectives.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell

Policy Director, Feeding America
Robert Campbell is the Policy Director for Feeding America. Robert manages their public policy development and strategy for federal nutrition programs including SNAP and child nutrition programs, as well as other issues important to Feeding America’s network of 200 food banks and... Read More →
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Ralph B. Beck, LUTCF RHU® ChHC™

Chief Operating Officer, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan - Wisconsin
Ralph Beck joined UnitedHealthcare in August 2007.He previously served as VP of Marketing & Strategic Planning for the Wisconsin health plan from August 2007 through October 2009 and later as Regional VP of  Sales & Marketing for Central and West Region health plans until March 2012... Read More →
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David Lee

Executive Director, Feeding Wisconsin
David Lee brings over 15 years of non-profit experience, specializing in community relations, public affairs, hunger relief and food systems programming, and advocacy to Feeding Wisconsin. Previously at Feeding America, the nation’s largest anti-hunger charity, David managed partnership... Read More →
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Tatiana Maida

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center
Tatiana Maida works at Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers since 2010 where she developed and currently manages Healthy Choices Department, an Obesity intervention that focuses on comprehensive family education, community leadership and environmental changes that increase access... Read More →
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Michelle Graham, MD

President of the Board, Milwaukee Medical Society
Michelle L. Graham, MD, MME, FAAFP, is the President of the Medical Society of Milwaukee County.  Dr. Graham serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Wisconsin and Michigan for UnitedHealthcare’s Clinical Services team, where she leads the clinical services, quality, and affordability... Read More →


9:30am CDT

Innovations in Food Recovery
Our nation wastes about 40% of our entire food production, with much of the loss occurring before food ever reaches a consumer. This food loss costs money and precious resources like land, labor, and water, increases environmental impacts, and could be better utilized. This session will focus on new developments in recovering food surplus across nonprofit, corporate, and governmental sectors in Wisconsin. Attendees will learn about the role of hunger relief efforts in redirecting nutritious, edible, surplus food; the various stakeholders in food waste reduction efforts; the food donation process; and legal considerations around food donations and diversion.

Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Bean

Tiffany Bean

Education and Training Specialist, Kwik Trip
Tiffany Bean has worked for Kwik Trip, Inc. as an Education and Training Specialist for 19 years.  She delights in being a relationship builder for retail and support center leaders at Kwik Trip. She teaches new and current leaders about Kwik Trip’s culture and operations, the... Read More →
avatar for Casey Lamensky

Casey Lamensky

Solid Waste Coordinator, Wisconsin DNR
Casey graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Environmental Science, Policy and Management. She has worked for the DNR’s Waste and Material’s Management Program for five years. In her current role, she works on policy and guidance for a wide range of waste... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Rubbelke

Jeff Rubbelke

Chief Operating Officer, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
Jeff is the COO at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin . He is an award winning leader with over 30 years of overall management experience, with the last 18 years pertaining to the Distribution, Warehousing, and Logistics field. His background includes multi-site management... Read More →
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Ross Younger

Director of Food Resources, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
Ross was raised in eastern Wisconsin, where he was exposed to the mission of FAEW to solve hunger as a college intern in 2009. After receiving a BA in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ross applied his experience to a full time role with the Food... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am CDT
Room I

9:30am CDT

Farm Link: Using a Systems Approach to Break Through and Provide Healthy Food
A need persists to improve the quality and quantity of food available to those in greatest need within the United States, Wisconsin, and Milwaukee. Food insecurity impacts between 10% and 22% of Wisconsin’s population. In the Fourth Wisconsin US House District – of which Milwaukee is a part – 22% of the community is considered food insecure. As a result of the continued need, communities in eastern Wisconsin have identified health and nutrition as a priority area. A community-academic partnership between Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin (FAEW) and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is striving to both understand the food system that exists from “seed to plate,” and – through this understanding – to take a systems approach to streamline the process. The partnership aims to transform FAEW’s existing infrastructure into a community food hub to repair the fragmented food system and help communities improve overall health and nutrition through coordinated policies and procedures.

Speakers
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David A Nelson

Associate Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Nelson has a PhD in Adult Education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, an MA in Agency Counseling from the University of Colorado and an MS in Epidemiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Nelson's research interests involve working with community partners to... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am CDT
Room F

9:30am CDT

Everything you Wanted to Know about the Proven Policies to End Poverty but were Afraid to Ask
There are those who say that we lost the War on Poverty. It’s not true; we didn’t lose the War on Poverty, we stopped fighting it by pulling back on programs proven to reduce poverty and not fully investing in innovative programs that would end poverty once and for all. Join this session to learn about the work being done in our state to develop evidence-based, proven solutions to end poverty in Wisconsin and the country.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Kerksick

Julie Kerksick

Senior Policy Advocate, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
Julie is the Senior Policy Advocate for the Working Our Way Out of Poverty Project. As former Executive Director of the New Hope Project in Milwaukee, Julie has specific “hands-on” experience with both transitional jobs and Earned Income Tax Credit reform. As part of Julie’s... Read More →


Tuesday April 10, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am CDT
Room G

9:30am CDT

Advocacy 101: How to Make an Impact and Break Through
One of the key ways to fight hunger, improve health and strengthen communities is through engagement and advocacy with elected officials and other policymakers. Yet, one of the barriers that we hear about from many of you is a lack of knowledge and comfort with advocacy.

No longer!

Join this session with the advocacy manager from Feeding America’s Washington DC office and senior government relations professionals at the American Heart Association for an accessible, interactive and engaging skills building session to learn about the state and federal legislative process and how to take your advocacy to the next level!

Speakers
avatar for Robb Friedlander

Robb Friedlander

Advocacy Manager, Feeding America
Robb Friedlander is the Advocacy Manager for Feeding America co-leading the advocacy capacity strategy for the national network of over 200 member food banks.Before joining Feeding America, Robb organized constituents on and offline for comprehensive immigration reform, ran field... Read More →
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Nicole Hudzinski

Government Relations Director, American Heart Association of Wisconsin
Nicole Hudzinski is the Senior Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association in Wisconsin. In her role, she works with elected officials, both on a state and local level, to pass public policy that is good for our cardiovascular health. Prior to joining AHA over... Read More →
avatar for Ben Van Pelt

Ben Van Pelt

Government Relations Director, American Heart Association of Wisconsin
Ben Van Pelt is the Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association in Wisconsin. He has served in this role for nearly two years and has a primary focus on prevention-based policy, which includes healthy eating, active living, and tobacco prevention and control... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am CDT
Room E Chula Vista Resort, 2501 River Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

9:30am CDT

Building Capacity by Making Connections: Network with other Food System Advocates!
Join us for this interactive networking session! Connect with local foodies from across the state of Wisconsin. Learn about our shared challenges and successes and hear personal stories from others doing similar work. At the end of the session we will gather by region, share what we have learned and expand connections within your local area. This is one you won't want to miss. Bring your business cards and get ready to make connections!

Moderators
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Sue Anderson

Wisconsin Healthy Food Systems Alliance
Sue Anderson worked for the Wood County Health Department’s Get Active program from Nov. 2011 to Dec. 2016, primarily in local food procurement for schools.  She is a local food enthusiast, backyard gardener, Master Food Preserver, Environmental educator and member of Central Rivers... Read More →
avatar for Krista Engelhardt

Krista Engelhardt

Project Assistant, Farm Fresh Atlas™ of Wisconsin
Krista Engelhardt is the Project Assistant for the Farm Fresh Atlas™ of Wisconsin network, which works to connect more people to local food. The Farm Fresh Atlas™ website and print publications feature Wisconsin farms, farmers' markets, restaurants, stores and other businesses... Read More →
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Farm Fresh Atlas™ of Wisconsin

Farm Fresh Atlas™ of Wisconsin
Our goal is to connect more people to local food. The Farm Fresh Atlas website and print publications feature Wisconsin farms, farmers' markets, restaurants, stores and other businesses that sell local food and use sustainable production practices. Whether you’re a Wisconsin native... Read More →

Tuesday April 10, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am CDT
Room H

11:15am CDT

Food, Democracy, and the Right to Vote: Engaging Food Pantry Visitors with Voter Registration Efforts 
Increased Voter registration and Photo ID laws in Wisconsin have negatively impacted people living in poverty who have difficulty accessing and affording the documentation necessary to vote. Experts project that in Wisconsin alone, 300,000 eligible voters lack the ID necessary to cast a ballot. Successful voter registration and voter ID education involves going to places where people are already present - with food distribution events being an ideal place to engage with voters.  The session will include tactics for implementing all levels of voter education at food pantries and will also provide information on how to assist those who may need extra help getting registered or acquiring an ID including homeless, student, elderly, ex-felon, and low-income voters. 

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Kono

Melissa Kono

CNRED Educator, UW Extension
Melissa Kono is an Assistant Professor in the Community Resource Development with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and holds elected office as a Town Clerk for the Town of Burnside in Trempealeau County. In that capacity, she is responsible for administering elections. She provides... Read More →
avatar for Molly McGrath

Molly McGrath

ACLU
Molly McGrath works for the ACLU's Voting Rights Project.  She works directly with voters to help them get the IDs they need to vote and organizes volunteers to reach out to voters in their communities.  In the lead up to the 2016 election, she led a voter ID campaign in Wisconsin... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm CDT
Room I

11:15am CDT

Think Outside the Box Develop Business and Community Partnerships to Decrease Hunger and Increase Access to Healthy Food
Learn how to engage businesses, organizations and the community to decrease hunger and increase access to healthy food. You will walk away with:
  • A clear understanding of the importance of mutually-beneficial partnerships.
  • Tips for establishing and developing new partnerships.
  • Examples of creative and successful partnerships from the Marathon County Hunger Coalition (Wausau area), the Healthy Community Network (Palmyra area), and the Willy Street Coop (Madison area).
You will also be challenged to think outside the box to develop a list of potential new businesses and organizations in your local community to partner with in efforts to reduce hunger and increase access to healthy foods when you get home!

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Moore

Kirsten Moore

Director of Co-op Services, Willy Street Cooperative
Kirsten has managed community and cooperative development services at Willy Street Co-op since 2013. Highlights include participating in remodeling Willy East in 2014 and opening Willy North in 2016; mentoring Allied Community Cooperative's Healthy Corner Store Project; working with... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Tabin

Amanda Tabin

Community Impact Director - Financial Stability & Health, United Way of Marathon County
As part of Amanda's role as Community Impact Director, she provides staff support to the Marathon County Hunger Coalition, an initiative of the United Way. The coalition formed in 2009 and, using the collective impact framework, continues to build and improve collaborative relationships... Read More →
avatar for Angela Villela

Angela Villela

Director of the Healthy Community Network/Senior Executive Assistant, Standard Process
Angela Villela is currently director of the Healthy Community Network located in Palmyra, Wisconsin. In 2010, Angela took the position of senior executive assistant, reporting to the president of Standard Process, the largest business and employer in Palmyra. She currently manages... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm CDT
Room F

11:15am CDT

End Child Poverty Wisconsin: A Healthy, Hunger-Free Future for All Wisconsin's Children
Children are among the most vulnerable people in Wisconsin – 1 in 6 of them live in poverty. Racial disparities in child poverty rates mean that children of color face an even steeper climb for equity. End Child Poverty Wisconsin is a campaign led by the Wisconsin Council of Churches, WISDOM, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, and Kids Forward. The campaign seeks 10,000 signatures to bring public pressure on our elected leaders to adopt the goal to cut child poverty and racial disparities in half in the next 10 years.

With evidence-based policies with support across political and economic divides, children and their families can become healthy and hunger-free. Get an update on next steps for building statewide support for the goal, and learn about new resources and ways you and your organization can become a part of this effort to achieve a better future for all of Wisconsin’s children.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Bakken

Peter Bakken

Coordinator for Public Policy, The Wisconsin Council of Churches
Peter is the Coordinator for Public Policy at the Wisconsin Council of Churches and Executive Director of Wisconsin Interfaith Power and Light. He received his Ph.D. in Theology from the Universityof Chicago Divinity School. He is the author of the WCC publications, Hunger at Our... Read More →
avatar for Robert Kraig

Robert Kraig

Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin
Over the past 16 years, Robert has played a significant role in the Wisconsin public policy arena. Robert is a leading strategist in the Wisconsin progressive movement, and is especially known for developing innovative approaches to strategic communication and issue campaign design... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm CDT
Room G

11:15am CDT

The 2018 Farm Bill: What's at Stake and the State of Play
The Farm Bill authorizes and funds our nation’s food, farm, and nutrition assistance policies, and it expires in September 2018. Over the course of the year, Congress will be working on reviewing the different parts that make up the Farm Bill, including funding for commodity price and income supports, crop insurance, farm credit, trade, conservation, research, rural development, energy and nutrition assistance. What are the prospects for a strong Farm Bill in our current highly polarized and hyper-partisan political environment and how might we work together to ensure a Farm Bill that helps farmers and eaters alike? Join us in this session to get a primer on the state of play the Farm Bill and learn more about how you can get involved as the process advances into the Fall.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell

Policy Director, Feeding America
Robert Campbell is the Policy Director for Feeding America. Robert manages their public policy development and strategy for federal nutrition programs including SNAP and child nutrition programs, as well as other issues important to Feeding America’s network of 200 food banks and... Read More →
avatar for Kara O'Connor

Kara O'Connor

Government Relations Director, Wisconsin Farmers Union
Kara O’Connor serves as the Government Relations Director for Wisconsin Farmers Union, advocating for policies that promote a strong farm safety net, healthy food, responsible soil and water conservation, and vibrant rural communities.  Kara has a special passion for speaking out... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm CDT
Room E Chula Vista Resort, 2501 River Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

11:15am CDT

Building a Healthy Food System through Farm to Institution
Join a panel of Farm to Institution experts from different stakeholder and links in the supply and distribution chain - from producer, early childcare, school, FoodWIse - come together to share their stories, successes & barriers, and give attendees an opportunity to ask questions and learn of resources for implementing Farm to Institution. This session will challenge attendees to discuss how different types of institutions can support each other in building a healthy local food system.

Speakers
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Rebecca L. Breda

Early Childhood Specialist and Farm Owner, Badger Organics, LLC
Rebecca “Becky” Breda has over twenty years of experience in the field of early childhood education in a variety of capacities. She has an undergraduate degree in elementary education as well as Master’s degrees in both early childhood education and educational leadership. After... Read More →
avatar for Ross Cohen

Ross Cohen

Farm to School Education Coordinator, REAP Food Group
Ross serves as REAPs Farm to School Education Coordinator, overseeing the curriculum and 4 AmeriCorps members that teach in the 12 Madison elementary schools with the highest levels of poverty. Ross also collaborates on REAP's summer food programming, events and fundraisers, and overseeing... Read More →
avatar for Karly Johnson

Karly Johnson

FoodWIse Nutrition Coordinator Florence, Forest, Oneida & Vilas Counties, UW-Extension
Karly earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from UW-Stevens Point, where she quickly learned that she had a passion for community health. She has held her position as a UW-Extension FoodWIse nutrition coordinator for two years. Over the last years with FoodWIse, the majority... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm CDT
Room H

12:45pm CDT

Luncheon Keynote: Dr. Katherine Cramer, Author, "The Politics of Resentment"
Dr. Cramer's work focuses on the way people make sense of politics and their place in it and she is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion, in which she invites herself into the conversations of groups of people to listen to the way they understand public affairs. Our ability to achieve our vision of a healthy and hunger-free Wisconsin depends on everyday people being able see themselves in each other beyond their differences. However, in our current world of deep political, social, and cultural polarization, this level of empathy and understanding can be hard to achieve. We are thrilled and honored to welcome Dr. Cramer to speak about Breaking Through the dynamics of polarization and how we might come together to achieve important communal goals.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Cramer, PhD

Katherine Cramer, PhD

Professor, Political Science & Author, "The Politics of Resentment", University of Wisconsin - Madison
Katherine Cramer (B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1994, Ph.D. University of Michigan 2000) is a professor in the Department of Political Science. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Elections Research Center, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the LaFollette... Read More →


2:30pm CDT

The "Hidden" Benefits of Food Pantries in Rural Communities
Access to healthy and affordable food can be a challenge for rural residents, regardless of income level. Due to economic factors such as a low volume of consumers, many rural areas lack food retailers and could be considered food deserts - or areas where there is limited availability of fresh, affordable foods. Rural shoppers may rely on more expensive and less nutritious options, such as those available at a gas station convenience store, or face a long drive to a town with a grocery store that stocks fresh produce, milk, eggs, and other staples. Ironically, the rural areas where food is grown can often be areas where residents have limited access to nutritious food options. Food pantries have been the answer to many of the rural communities suffering from food insecurity. Scattered throughout rural Wisconsin, these food pantries are a result of the community seeing a need to help their residents. But are there other benefits for the community to housing a food pantry? Join this session to learn about the indirect benefits that rural communities receive from their local food pantry’s presence, including being a communication and program hub for the county, screening for other family issues, and a place for local farmers to donate, which increases consumption of fruits and vegetables. 

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Kono

Melissa Kono

CNRED Educator, UW Extension
Melissa Kono is an Assistant Professor in the Community Resource Development with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and holds elected office as a Town Clerk for the Town of Burnside in Trempealeau County. In that capacity, she is responsible for administering elections. She provides... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Vance

Nancy Vance

Family Living Educator, UW Extension
Nancy is the Family Living Educator for Clark County, WI. She is a graduate of the University ofIllinois with both a Master’s of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in the area of Familyand Consumer Science. Nancy has had many diverse careers in the field of Family Science... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm CDT
Room I

2:30pm CDT

Extended Q&A and Discussion with Dr. Kathy Cramer
Speakers
avatar for Katherine Cramer, PhD

Katherine Cramer, PhD

Professor, Political Science & Author, "The Politics of Resentment", University of Wisconsin - Madison
Katherine Cramer (B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1994, Ph.D. University of Michigan 2000) is a professor in the Department of Political Science. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Elections Research Center, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the LaFollette... Read More →


Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm CDT
Room F

2:30pm CDT

Breaking Ground: Growing Children's Health through School/ECE Gardens and Wellness Policies
The Wisconsin School Garden Network was established in April of 2016. Over the past year and a half, we have connected with hundreds of school, early care and education, and afterschool members across Wisconsin, providing trainings, technical assistance, and resources on how to create and maintain school and community youth gardens. Through our experience, we have gathered not only evidence-based practices but practice-based evidence, to support the connection between school gardens and improvement of children's health. In the beginning part of my presentation I will share some of this evidence, including stories from the field and relevant research studies.  In the second part of my presentation, I will share about how we took this evidence and worked to share it with school districts around Wisconsin to improve districts wellness policies. Wellness policies are designed to provide guidance for improving the health and wellbeing of students and communities. In 2004, Congress passed the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. This act required schools participating in child nutrition programs to create local school wellness policies by the 2006-2007 school year. The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 added new implementation, evaluation, and progress reporting provisions for school wellness policies. In 2016, the USDA finalized regulations to create a framework and guidelines for written wellness policies. The final rule requires schools to begin revising their school wellness policies during the 2016-2017 school year.  Seeing the final rule as an opportunity to educate people about the numerous health benefits of educational gardening, the Wisconsin School Garden Network has reached out to many school districts around Wisconsin. We are working to share our findings about the impact school gardens can have on the health and wellbeing of students. I will share the successes and challenges we have faced in communicating with schools and give tips to others interested in supporting policy changes in their districts. The policies approved by school boards have the power to support the actions of school teachers and staff. Together, we can help support policies that lead to a healthier Wisconsin.

Healthy Early (formerly the Wisconsin Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative) is a statewide collaborative begun in 2008 to promote physical activity and good nutrition in the ECE (Early Care & Education) world. We have successfully added language and criteria in our state child care rating system, YoungStar that rewards child care programs for implementing health & wellness policies around gardening, family engagement, and nutrition. For the past few years we have been part of the launch of the WI Farm to ECE project, with funding the Kellogg Foundation. We are actively encouraging child care providers to engage kids in both policies and practices that promote sourcing and eating local good food, taste tests, farm/farmer visits, nutrition education, gardening, and family engagement. Come hear how the power of policy is changing the lives of our youngest citizens and getting them hooked on veggies for life!

Speakers
avatar for Stefanie Bugasch Scopoline

Stefanie Bugasch Scopoline

Training and Outreach Specialist, Community Groundworks
Stef is the Outreach Specialist for the Wisconsin School Garden Network. Originally from Minnesota, she grew up gardening and spending time outside in nature. After graduating from UW-Madison in Environmental Studies and International Studies, Stef worked with the organization Amir... Read More →
avatar for Daithi Wolfe

Daithi Wolfe

Early Education Policy Analyst, Kids Forward
David "Daithi (DAH-hee)" Wolfe has been an Early Education Policy Analyst at Kids Forward since 2007. Daithi is Irish for David. He got the nickname (rhymes with “mahi-mahi”) when he travelled to Ireland in 1983 to study traditional fiddling.Daithi is co-chair of Healthy Early... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm CDT
Room E Chula Vista Resort, 2501 River Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

2:30pm CDT

Growing a Statewide Nutrition Incentive Network
There is a growing interest around Wisconsin in nutrition incentive programming – the practice of offering additional money at farmers' markets, CSA’s, or grocery retailers to people who receive FoodShare or WIC benefits to make healthy purchases. Several organizations around the state are currently offering this type of programming, and many more are interested in getting started. With some nutrition incentive partners starting to convene around a USDA grant application, the time is right to start building a network of stakeholders to create conversations around best practices & mentorship, evaluation & communication practices, future planning for resilience and sustainability, and more. In this session, participants will have an interactive conversation around visioning a statewide nutrition incentive network. As a starting point, we will focus around the following questions: what are the goals of a statewide nutrition incentive network? Who should be involved in building this network, and how can we create strong and innovative partnerships to move this work forward? How can we structure this network to build capacity and create impact? 

Speakers
avatar for Erica Anderson

Erica Anderson

Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin
Erica has led the Double Dollars nutrition incentive program at farmers' markets in Dane County since December 2016. As a Food Security Specialist at Community Action Coalition, she also offers technical assistance to farmers' markets interested in starting EBT or nutrition incentive... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Casey

Jennifer Casey

Executive Director, Fondy Food Center
Jennifer Casey is the Executive Director of the Fondy Food Center, a local non-profit that connects neighborhoods to fresh, local food through its farmers markets, farm project, and city-wide healthy food access initiative. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and professional... Read More →
avatar for Erika Jones

Erika Jones

Executive Director, FairShare CSA Coalition
A self-proclaimed foodie, Erika joined her first CSA in 2006 while living in Berkeley, Calif. She returned to her native Wisconsin to pursue her interests in sustainable agriculture and food policy while completing her Master's degree through the La Follette School of Public Affairs... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Mabrey

Stephanie Mabrey

FoodShare Program and Policy Analyst, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Steph Mabrey has worked with the FoodShare Policy team at the Department of Health Services for approximately two years. Prior to that, she worked for the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau on the State’s Medicaid Long-Term Care and FoodShare budgets. She received her Master’s... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Moore

Kirsten Moore

Director of Co-op Services, Willy Street Cooperative
Kirsten has managed community and cooperative development services at Willy Street Co-op since 2013. Highlights include participating in remodeling Willy East in 2014 and opening Willy North in 2016; mentoring Allied Community Cooperative's Healthy Corner Store Project; working with... Read More →
avatar for Brendon Smith

Brendon Smith

Willy Street Co-op
Brendon has worked at Willy Street Co-op for 15 years. The department he manages is responsible for promotion of the Madison-based grocery cooperative, which has nearly 35,000 owners.



Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm CDT
Room G

2:30pm CDT

Building Viable Supply Chains to get Local Food From Farm to Fork and Build Strong Economies
In this session we will look at specific initiatives in Wisconsin to build infrastructure in the supply chains, including helping farmers and food processors improve their production for wholesale markets and meet food safety requirements. To successfully build a viable local food system we need to build viable enterprises that can process, aggregate and distribute local food into the different end users, from grocery, food service, and schools. The session looks at what is needed to support businesses and initiatives in this space and also what it means for the bigger picture of local and regional economic development around the supply chains and food system. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in the discussion. We will also discuss ways that the standard supply chains can and do interact with the food pantry system.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Lloyd

Sarah Lloyd

Director of Special Projects, Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative/Wisconsin Farmers Union
Sarah Lloyd farms with her husband Nels Nelson on the 350-cow Nelson dairy farm in Wisconsin. She works off-farm as the Director of Special Projects for the Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU). This work includes; support for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers, organizing for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ian Aley

Ian Aley

Coordinator, Madison Public Market's MarketReady Program, Northside Planning Council
Ian is the coordinator of MarketReady, a small business development program connected to the soon-to-be-built Madison Public Market. This will be a space for selling locally-produced food, crafts, and other goods. MarketReady is funded by the City of Madison and run by the Northside... Read More →
avatar for Jay Salinas

Jay Salinas

NeuErth Worm Farm
avatar for Zacary Smucker-Bryan

Zacary Smucker-Bryan

Program Manager, Food Finance Institute
Zac is the Program Manager for the Food Finance Institute (FFI), a program of UW-Extension which leverages and supports a collaborative network of professionals with training, tools and resources so they can help build and fund profitable businesses in the food, beverage and value-added... Read More →


Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm CDT
Room H