Nearly 100 attendees joined a lively conversation among local heroes working on the frontlines of our food system.
- Frances Mills, CCC-FPC Steering Committee & Director, Cleveland Office of Minority Health, Cleveland Department of Public Health
- Councilman Blaine Griffin, Cleveland City Council, Ward 6
- Brandon Chrostowski, Founder, President, and CEO EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute
- Kristin Warzocha, President and CEO, Greater Cleveland Food Bank
- Marilyn Burns, CCC-FPC Steering Committee & Community Leader and Advocate
- Daniel Ortiz, CCC-FPC Steering Committee & Outreach Director, Policy Matters Ohio
- Kimberly Lovano, CCC-FPC Steering Committee & Director of Advocacy and Public Education, Greater Cleveland Food Bank
What can you do now?
- Ask your senators to support a 15% increase to SNAP in the next COVID-19 response bill. SNAP is the largest anti-hunger program. For everyone 1 meal provided by food banks, SNAP provides 9 meals. A template for this request is HERE.
- Engage the community to ensure your COVID-19 response teams look like your plate. They should be colorful, diverse, and healthy. Continue to ask: Who is at the table and who needs to be invited? Who will this help and who will be left out? What are the unintentional consequences of this response?
- Continue to eat healthy and buy local. Shop at neighborhood grocers, farmers’ markets, and restaurants. Your food dollars create and maintain jobs and boost the local economy.
- Get accurate information to stay safe in the era of COVID-19. You can still support local food businesses through takeout options, drive up, outdoor eating, and by socially distancing and wearing masks in indoor spaces.
- Families with children who qualify for free or reduced meals, check out Pandemic EBT. P-EBT provides additional money to families with children to buy food due to COVID-19 related school closures. Learn more HERE.
A recording of the event is available on Facebook.
Conducted in partnership with the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition