FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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LOCAL FOOD POLICY ON STATEWIDE TOUR, STOPS IN ORLANDO
ORLANDO, Fla – Local food celebrity and food justice champion Natilee McGrueder will speak at the Florida Food Policy Council (FLFPC) meeting, Sunday, September 11, at Maranatha Fellowship Church in Orlando. The newly re-formed council is on a membership tour, setting meetings around the state to encourage participation and highlight local food initiatives.
“We are building a member-driven network,” said Rachel Shapiro, FLFPC Chair and owner of Integrous Health Solutions in Broward County. “This is a grassroots effort to develop a nourishing, inclusive food system for all people in the State of Florida.”
FLFPC will convene in Orlando immediately following the third annual Florida Food Summit, which takes place September 9th and 10th at East End Market. The site of this year’s summit, as well as the inaugural event, has become an anchor of local food commerce and activism in Central Florida. The food policy meeting will be held directly the across the street in the church facility, and hosted by powerhouse headliner, Natilee McGrueder.
McGrueder, director of the River Region Food Policy Council in Alabama, has a long list of accolades and food system connections. A lawyer with a Masters in Peace and Conflict Resolution, her leadership touches poverty, food and environmental justice, prison reform, and civic engagement. She will bring her experiences in Australia, Switzerland, Ghana, Mexico and the Southeast United States to facilitate the Florida collaboration.
The meeting in Orlando is the third membership gathering organized by FLFPC. Stopping first in Fort Myers in April, and then in Tallahassee in July, the all-volunteer council has collected 100 members focused on crafting a concerted effort to advance local food policy around the state.
The Ft. Myers meeting featured Mark Winne, author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty. In Tallahassee, the meeting was facilitated by local leader Bakari McClendon, who gained experience in the Detroit food movement and represents the National Good Food Network.
Additional membership meetings are planned in Jacksonville and Ft. Lauderdale. Annual fees range from $10 for students to $60 for businesses. Fees include event admission throughout the year. More information, including Orlando meeting details and how to join the council, is available at www.FLFPC.org.