Nationally Renowned food policy expert to discuss Food Policy Issues - Center for Rural Affairs presents Food Policy Opportunities for Nebraska: Growing Healthy Food Systems

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Sandra Renner,, Phone: (402) 320-3444
or Elisha Smith,, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007


Lyons, NE - Nationally renowned food policy council expert Mark Winne will speak about food policy and the potential for food policy councils in Nebraska at an event on August 18 in Lincoln hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs.

Winne’s keynote presentation, “Food Policy Opportunities for Nebraska: Growing Healthy Food Systems,” will be followed by a panel discussion with stakeholders from across the food system in Nebraska.  The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, 6300 A St. in Lincoln.
“Food policy can be hard to navigate. It's even harder to build better policy and make change. That’s where food policy councils, and this event, come in,” said Kathie Starkweather with the Center for Rural Affairs.
“Food policy councils bring people together from across the food system. Farming, processing, wholesale, retail, restaurants, public health, anti-hunger, government and more,” added Starkweather. “ Council members develop policy recommendations and interact with local government to help make those changes happen. Councils operate in almost every state.”
Who:  Mark Winne nationally renowned food policy council expert, and a panel discussion with food system stakeholders.
What:  Food Policy Opportunities for Nebraska: Growing Healthy Food Systems, Presentation and panel discussion
When:  7:00 - 9:00 pm, Tuesday, August 18
Where:  Unitarian Church of Lincoln
6300 A St., Lincoln, NE
Cost:  FREE
Mark Winne was the Executive Director of the Hartford Food System, a private non-profit agency that works on food and hunger issues in the Hartford, Connecticut area from 1979 to 2003. Mark currently writes, speaks, and consults extensively on community food system topics including hunger and food insecurity, local and regional agriculture, community food assessment, and food policy.
For more information contact Sandra Renner at or (402) 320-3444.