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Food for All Summit 2022

Amplifying Appalachian Voices

Food for All Summit 2022

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November 16 | Buckhannon, West Virginia

Food for All summit

The 4th Annual Food for All Summit is a place to learn about the decisions that state and federal policy makers are making that affect both food access and farm viability.

Keynote Speaker

The Food for All Coalition is honored to welcome Dr. Ricardo Salvador as our Keynote Speaker of the Food for All Summit 2022.

ricardo salvador profile

Ricardo J. Salvador is Director and Senior Scientist of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, DC. He is an agronomist with a focus on sustainability and systems analysis. Previously, at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation he worked with colleagues to support a national array of programs in Good Food (healthy, green, fair and affordable), and at Iowa State University he chaired the first graduate program in sustainable agriculture in the United States. Dr. Salvador has over four decades of experience working with citizens, scientists, economists, and politicians to transition our current food system into one that grows healthy foods while employing sustainable and socially equitable practices.

What is the Farm Bill?

The farm bill is a package of legislation passed roughly once every five years that has a tremendous impact on farming livelihoods, how food is grown, and what kinds of foods are grown. The responsibility is on us- whether we grow food, consume food, or fight for our right to food- to ensure this important bill works for everyone. Because of the importance of the farm bill, the 2022 Food for All Summit will feature two complementary tracks to engage key players in these fields.

Track 1: Farmers and Food Entrepreneurs 

This track is for farmers, food entrepreneurs, and food and farm advocates who have an interest in how policy decisions effect their businesses and livelihoods. This track will explore the upcoming 2023 farm bill, create policy priorities for the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition based on key issue areas and strategize with agencies and policy makers about how to make these changes. 

1pm session: 2023 Farm Bill 101 

Authorized once every five years, the Farm Bill is the single largest piece of legislation that authorizes funding for food and nutrition programs, agricultural programs, and land conservation. In this session, Mike Lavender from NSAC will provide a primer on the farm bill while also discussing policy priorities that are important to West Virginia farmers and what we can do to engage. Target audience: farmers, food entrepreneurs, agriculture advocates 

Mike Lavender, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 

Mike leads NSAC's overall policy strategy and advocacy efforts. Prior to NSAC he was the Senior Manager of Government Affairs for the Union of Concerned Scientists' Food & Environment program, a NSAC member, and served for three years on the Organizational Council of NSAC. At UCS, Mike advocated for a science-based, equitable, healthy, and sustainable food and farm system. Previously, Mike served as a policy analyst at the Environmental Working Group and spent six years in the office of former Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), where he worked on agriculture appropriations, dairy policy, and other farm and food policy issues. He has a B.A. in American history and French language from Marquette University. 

2pm session: What Should Change? Ag Rules and Regs! 

Do you encounter rules and regulations that, if changed, would change your business? If so, you are going to want to join this facilitated brainstorming session! This session is an opportunity to share all of your woes so that we can start to look for solutions! We will put marker to paper and call out specific issues and create specific priorities to research and engage. Target audience: farmers and food entrepreneurs

Spencer Moss Executive Director, WV Food and Farm Coalition

3pm session: Making Practical Policy Changes: Strategies and Structures

In the previous session, participants spend an hour sharing issues that could lead to policy change. In this session, we're going to talk about how! Panelists will share practical strategies for making statewide policy changes. Target audience: farmers, food entrepreneurs, agriculture advocates 

Del. Johnathon Pinson 13th House District

Crescent Gallagher Director of Communications and Business Development, WV Dept. of Ag

Track 2: Food Access & Food Security Advocates 

This track is designed for anyone working in food access or anyone with an interest in food security here in West Virginia. According to Feeding America's 2020 Map the Meal Gap study, 12% of West Virginians are food insecure. What's being done to address this gap, and what other solutions are out there? This track addresses those questions and closes with an action planning session designed to give participants the tools to address hunger in their communities.

1pm session: Opportunities and Barriers to Food Access in West Virginia

With so many avenues to address food insecurity, why are West Virginians still hungry? This session maps the numerous ways that government, nonprofit, private and community organizations are trying to address food insecurity statewide. A brief presentation will lay out food assistance programs statewide, including how they are funded and accessed by people who need them. Then, a panel of food security advocates will discuss their own experiences in the field along with the system's strengths and opportunities for change.


Amanda Harrison State Agency Director, WV Dept. of Education 

Kristin McCartney WVU Extension Specialist- Public Health 

Cyndi Kirkhart Chief Executive Officer, Facing Hunger Food Bank 

Dural Miller Founder and CEO, Keep Your Faith Corporation 

Jackie Hoppee Director, EBT and Banking Services, WV DHHR 

Lora Hammack Program Director, WV Dept. of Agriculture 

Moderated by Iris Sidikman SNAP Stretch Coordinator,  WV Food and Farm Coalition 

2pm session: Can Food Solve Hunger? Let's Talk about income! 

In this interactive session, we will learn from the ingenuity and “outside the box” thinking of people who are food insecure [but shouldn’t have to be]. Together we will explore policy solutions that address root causes of hunger, including concepts like the Right to Food, the Child Tax Credit, and guaranteed income. 

Amy Jo Hutchison Rattle the Windows 

Joshua Lohnes Director, Food Justice Lab WVU Center for Resilient Communities Elizabeth Brunello WV Youth Program Director, American Friends Service Committee

Lida Shepherd WV Youth & Economic Justice Director, American Friends Service Committee 

3pm session: Stone Soup How do we take what we were introduced to today and turn that into nourishment for our communities? 

Amy Jo Hutchison of Rattle the Windows leads this closing session designed to send food security advocates back to their communities with actionable ideas.