Friday, May 29, 2009

message and opportunities from BFC.

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for contributing to the success of the Brooklyn Food Conference. We had over 3300 people going to workshops, food demos, expos, films, lunches, dinners, speeches, and a kids’ food fair. There was so much learning and networking going on that the air was electric! We saw a broad movement for Food Democracy in Brooklyn in bloom.

Everyone is asking, "What's next?"

Neighborhood meetings
We are planning neighborhood-based meetings in June that we hope you’ll attend. In those meetings we will discuss how to advance any food projects that people in your neighborhood are interested in pursuing and what role a Brooklyn Food Coalition could play. Please let us know if you’d like to help organize a meeting in your neighborhood. We will also organize neighborhood meetings with legislators to discuss ways that our elected officials can help us change the food system. Please see our new neighborhood meetings page for updates.

Opportunities to Get Involved
We will send periodic e-blasts announcing volunteer opportunities to maximize the effectiveness of ongoing organizations and projects working on food issues in Brooklyn. For example, join up with Food Summer and help Brooklynites in low-access communities learn how to get on to food stamps and gain access to healthy food. Help win a strong Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act this year with New York Alliance for CNR. We will also post these opportunities on our Get Involved page.

We would like to thank everyone who made this conference possible!

Kim Pistone, our great executive chef for the lunch and dinner, who made some great food for us all.

Donors, big and small, including Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation, Independence Community Foundation, Small Planet Institute, Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, Park Slope Chamber of Commerce, New York Methodist Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center, Park Slope Civic Council.

Co-Sponsors, Brooklyn Rescue Mission, Brooklyn's bounty, Caribbean Women's Health Association, Park Slope Food Coop, World Hunger Year.

Over 200 Partners.

And you, over 3300 Conference Participants!

Yours Toward Food Democracy,

The Brooklyn Food Conference Coordinating Committee
Kathie Borowitz
Nancy Romer
Mandu Sen
Adriana Velez (website coordinator)

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