The conversations, facilitated by GNC Food Programs Manager, Renee Casterline are part of a county-wide Community Food Assessment funded in part by the USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program.
Click the locations above to see what the groups focused on identifying and mapping the food related assets in each community, discussing the opportunities and challenges of local food systems, prioritizing common interests and brainstorming projects that participants wanted to work on. Each meeting in the county had a unique perspective based on their location and community capacity around their food systems. Some common themes that emerged county-wide were the interests in growing food, access to a facility to process food in bulk for personal use and the need for centralized coordinating of food system related activities.
GNC acknowledges their important partnership with the Family Resource Centers that served as host locations for the discussions. Many of the centers now serve as distribution points for the USDA Emergency Food Commodities and are becoming food hubs in their own right to link information and activities around food with families in need in their communities.
Watch for news from GNC of a Community Food Assessment wrap up event to be held in the Fall 2013 bringing together the results of the survey conducted last Spring and the ongoing work from the Food Conversations. For more information about GNC and the Community Food Programs, contact Renee Casterline at (530) 938-4115 ext 116 or email rcasterline@GncCorp.org.