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Food for Thought: A Conversation with Andy Fisher

  • Local Matters 633 Parsons Avenue Columbus, OH, 43206 United States (map)

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Join Local Matters on April 18, 2019 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm for our bi-monthly "Food for Thought" (formerly, Community Conversations). April's "Food for Thought" promises to be particularly engaging, as we welcome special guest Andy Fisher (bio below). Local Matters co-founder Noreen Warnock will lead a conversation with Andy as we learn more about his book "Big Hunger," the connection between corporate America and food banks, and his ideas for solutions to problems in the food movement. 

This event is free and open to the public. We kindly ask that all guests register for the event as our seating capacity is limited. 

"Food for Thought" is hosted at Local Matters (633 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH  43206). Doors open at 5:30pm, and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please email info@local-matters.org or call 614-263-5662. 

More about Andy Fisher: Andy Fisher is a leading expert on community food security in the United States. From 1994 - 2011, Andy co-founded and led the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC), a national alliance of groups working on food access and local food. During this time, he created and publicized the concept of community food security and played a key role in catalyzing and providing guidance to the food movement. He has played a lead role in gaining passage of numerous pieces of federal legislation, including the Community Food Projects and the Farm to School grant program. He has taught at various universities in Oregon, and served as an interim executive director at Portland Fruit Tree Project from 2015-2017. His groundbreaking book, Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups was published by MIT Press in 2017. He has also authored or co-authored seminal reports on farm to school, food policy councils, community food security project design, local food policy, farmers markets and community food assessments. He currently consults with various food system organizations and speaks throughout North America and the UK about his ideas for solutions to problems in the food movement.

More about Big HungerIn Big Hunger, Andy Fisher "lays out a vision that encompasses a broader definition of hunger characterized by a focus on public health, economic justice, and economic democracy" (MIT Press). Wayne Roberts, author of No-Nonsense Guide to World Food, reviewed the work: "Big Hunger is arguably the most important book on the American food scene in a decade. A decade ago, the food scene was rocked by The "Omnivore's Dilemma." Now we must face a Charitable Dilemma."