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Hosting World Food Day Program —
"Expanding Food Access: A Fresh Food Agenda for Philadelphia"
October 2, 2007, Volume 54, No. 6

On Friday, October 5, former policy director to the New York City Council, Lucy Mayo and Fern Gale Estrow, the chair of Food Systems Network, New York City, will host Expanding Food Access: A Fresh Food Agenda for Philadelphia, a community-based feeding program. Volunteers, retailers, farmers, city and state officials, nutrition educators and others committed to building sustainable local food connections will gather on Penn’s campus for the event to mark World Food Day. The opening panel will discuss the New York City Model: Implications for Philadelphia

Two concurrent workshops will focus on increasing participation and promoting healthy foods in federal and state nutrition programs and forging fresh-food partnerships. Dr. Harris Sokoloff, director of the Penn Project on Civic Engagement and an adjunct associate professor in the Graduate School of Education, will facilitate a final session to identify key policy suggestions for the new Philadelphia mayor. 

The World Food Day celebration is sponsored by the Fox Leadership Program at the University, Penn’s Civic House, the Project on Civic Engagement and the Greater Philadelphia Coalition  Against Hunger. Since 2003, the outreach and advocacy efforts of Penn’s Fox Leadership Program and the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger have helped more than 23,000 low-income Philadelphians sign up for the federal food stamp program. Those approved for benefits through this effort have made food purchases totaling more than $3.2 million.

The October 5  event will take place from 1-4 p.m. in Houston Hall. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Additional information is available by contacting Jay Beaumont at jbeaumont@hungercoaltion.org or (215) 430-0055, Ext. 119, or at foxleader@sas.upenn.edu.

Almanac - October 2, 2007, Volume 54, No. 6