Montgomery County will target local food struggles with $170K in new funding

8th Annual Montgomery County Food Summit will focus on local growing and food distribution.

On the eve of the Montgomery County Food Summit, county commissioners are expected to approve spending more than $170,000 to help fight food insecurity locally.

The money will help The Foodbank operate a mobile distribution program in Montgomery County through 2021 to assist those without reliable access to affordable, nutritious food, a problem that affects 65,000 county residents, according to officials.

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County commissioners will vote on the measure this afternoon.

More details about the program will be announced Wednesday morning at the opening of the 8th Annual Food Summit. This year’s theme, “From Farm to Fork: Growing a Stronger Food System,” will focus on local growing and food distribution.

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The event’s keynote speakers are Nancy Williams of No More Empty Pots, a grassroots non-profit in Omaha, Neb. that collaborates with public and private organizations, businesses, communities, and entrepreneurs to strengthen local and regional food systems, and Brian Raison, an assistant professor and field specialist with The Ohio State University Department of Extension.

8th Annual Montgomery County Food Summit 

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center, 1000 N. Keowee St., Dayton


8:30 – 9 a.m., Registration (Lobby)

9 – 9:30 a.m., Opening (Sanctuary)

Welcome, Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge Opening Comments, Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper

Dayton City Commissioners Chris Shaw and Matt Joseph Ambassador Tony Hall

9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Health | Hunger | Equity Panel (Sanctuary)

Maleka James, PHDMC – Facilitator

Anthony Goodwin, ProMedica Toledo

Gina McFarlane-El, Five Rivers Health Centers Rachel Riddiford, Dayton Children's Hospital

10:30 – 10:45 a.m., Break 

10:45 am – Noon, Race | Policy | Opportunity (Cafeteria)

Etana Jacobi, Hall Hunger Initiative

Noon – 1 p.m., Lunch (Cafeteria)

Visit Exhibition Tables

1 – 1:50 p.m., Keynote (Sanctuary)

Nancy Williams, No More Empty Pots

Brian Raison, OSU Extension – Moderator

1:50 – 2 p.m., Break

2 – 3 p.m., Planning | Growth | Economy Panel (Sanctuary)

Jon White, City of Dayton – Facilitator John Jones, Urban Food System Researcher Ben Jackle, Mile Creek Farm

3 – 3:15 p.m., Close | Call | Action (Sanctuary) Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge

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