Annual Food Summit

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MC Summit9th Annual Montgomery County Food Summit

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sinclair Community College, Building 12 Great Hall

Join Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge, Public Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper, U.S. Ambassador Tony Hall, and City of Dayton Commissioners Chris Shaw & Matt Joseph
for the introduction of the
Montgomery County Food Equity Coalition and
Food Equity Action Plan

Montgomery County Food Equity CoalitionAgenda

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Join us for breakfast and check out the exhibit tables

9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Hear presentations from the leaders of the Montgomery County Food Equity Coalition as they discuss the Food Equity Action Plan

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Visit exhibit tables and continue the community discussion by networking with other Summit participants

Click here to register as a Summit participant

Click here to register as a Summit exhibitor 

Questions, comments, or concerns?
Contact Shanda Hanauer, Administrative Assistant to Commissioner Judy Dodge 

8th Annual Montgomery County Food Summit - Recap

FS2018 - Copy

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
LocationSalvation Army Dayton Kroc Center
ThemeFrom Farm to Fork: Growing a Stronger Food System
Judy and Michelle
Montgomery County will fund a new truck for The Foodbank to battle local hunger

Read the full event agenda here

Presentations in Health | Hunger | Equity, Moderated by Maleka James, PHDMC
       -     Anthony Goodwin, ProMedica Toledo
       -     Gina McFarlane-El, Five Rivers Health Centers
       -     Rachel Riddiford, Dayton Children's Hospital

Healthy People Panel

Presentation by our Keynote Speaker, moderated by Brian Raison, OSU Extension 
Nancy Williams, No More Empty Pots

FS2018 Williams

Presentation in Planning | Growth | Economy, with Ben Jackle and John Jones; moderated by Jon White, City of Dayton
       -     John Jones, Urban Food System Researcher

Ben Jackle - Copy

For those of you interested in learning more about the Racial Wealth Gap Simulation, this policy packet provides more details about the 13 policies covered in the exercise. Visit Bread for the World for more information and ways to use this simulation in your own organization. If you would like representatives from Hall Hunger to facilitate, please contact Etana Jacobi.

RWG simulation

Did you know....

  •  17.5 percent of the Montgomery County population is food insecure, compared to the national average of 12.7 percent.      *United Way of Greater Dayton
  • The average SNAP recipient gets $125 per month, which provides for about $4.11 per day.
For more information, check out the Food for Thought tab.

                                                   Past Food Summits

                                                      2014 Food Summit (5)



2017 Montgomery County Food Policy Coalition Food Summit

Harvesting Community Insights
Location: Dayton Metro Library, Downtown Branch
Attendance: 170     

Wrap-up news release
A quick look at the highlights of the 2017 Food Summit

Presentations in Eichelberger Forum

Presentations by:

  1. East End Food Access and Resiliency Enterprise  -  Danielle Weickert
  2. West Dayton Food Access Collective Impact Project  - Clayton Genth
  3. Gem City Market  -  Lela Klein
  4. The Foodbank Strategic Plan – Michelle Riley
  5. Columbus/Franklin County Food Plan  - Brian Estabrook and Jalisa Dawkins
  6. Local Producers  - Felix Fernando

 Suzy DeYoung LaSoup Commissioner Dodge Lisa Hamler-Fugitt

Here is the link to view the executive summary and the full plan: .

Presentations in the Community Room

Presentations by:

  1. Lincoln Hill Garden Project  - Don Pair, Stephen Miller, and Kate Ervin
Presented by Glennon Sweeney, Kirwan Institute

2016 Montgomery County Food Policy Coalition Food Summit

Hungry for Change: The Economic Impacts of Hunger and Local Food
Top of the Market
Attendance: 180


  1. Homefull - Jimmy Ryan
  2. Foodbank - Lora Davenport
  3. GDUCI Grocery Coop - Matt Currie
  4. Health Implications of Living in a Food Desert - Emilie Westcott & Becky Gonter-Dray, Dayton Children's Hospital
Food Waste Recovery Programs:

  1. Got Veggies - Clayton Mathile, Evan Eichenauer, Sarah Hartley, Katie Kohnen
  2. Food Waste Campaign - Mary Sue Gmeiner
  3. Compost Dayton - David Weickert
  4. House of Bread - Melodie Bennett
  5. Public Health Updates - Robert Harrison and Cheryl Scroggins
  6. What do those food labels mean? - Dan Remley
  7. Local Food & Hunger Systems Interconnectivity - Kelly Bohrer, Diana Cuy Castellanos, Jeanne Holcomb, University of Dayton
  8. How Hospital Systems Can Combat Hunger Issues - Shaun Hamilton, Premier Health
  9. Five Rivers MetroParks City Beets - Luci Beachdell, Five Rivers MetroParks
  10. The Economics of Gardening - Luci Beachdell, Five Rivers MetroParks & Teri Schoch, Partners for the Environment
  11. Funding - Tony Logan, USDA

2015 Montgomery County Food Policy Coalition Food Summit

Feeding Our Community: Hunger and the Local Food System
Attendance: 225


  1. Collaborating for Clients - Michelle Riley and Lizz Kelly
  2. Opportunity Mapping - Dawn Ebron
  3. Equitable Civic Engagement to Expand Access to Healthy Foods - Kip Holley
  4. Food Waste - PBS Food Series
  5. The Face of Childhood Hunger in Southwest Ohio - Maria Santiago and Tom Saunders
  6. Greater Dayton Union Food Cooperative Initiative - Erica Bruton
  7. The Market @ Wright Stop Plaza - Jimmy Ryan
  8. The Perspective of Value: Food Waste in the Desert - Barb Asberry
  9. Nudging Fruits and Vegetables through the School Lunch Program - Marietta Orlowski and Judi Hunter
  10. Zoning Ordinances and Local Food - Matthew Currie
  11. The Urban Renewal Farm (TURF) - Jim Wellman
  12. Propolis Project - Dwight Wells
  13. Funding Resources:  Federal, State, Local & Free! - Tony Logan
  14. USDA Handout 1
  15. USDA Handout 2
  16. Bringing Food Where Hunger Lives - Lizz Kelly

2014 Montgomery County Food Policy Coalition Food Summit

Theme: Connecting Products to Consumers... from our farms to our tables
Location: UD River Campus, Meyer Room
Attendance: 200

                                                                                        2014 Food Summit (6)


  1. Mile Creek Farm - Ben Jackle
  2. A Study in Ohio's Hospitals and Their Use of Local Foods - Brian Raison, OSU Extension
  3. Shiloh Market (Dayton) - Zella Cook
  4. Findlay Market (Cincinnati) - Karen Kahle
  5. Weinland Park Food District (Columbus) - Brian Williams, MORPC
  6. EBT Connection - Christie Welch, The Ohio State University
  7. The Detroit Eastern Market - Dan Carmody
  8. Dorothy Lane Market - Dennis Chrisman
  9. Patchwork Gardens - George Mertz
  10. Our Harvest Cooperative - Kristin Gangwer
  11. Mission of Mary - Stephen Mackell
  12. Champaign County Virtual Farmers Market - Pam Bowshier & Mark Runyan

2013 Montgomery County Food Policy Coalition Food Summit

The Positive Impact of Local Food in our Community
Location: UD River Campus, Meyer Room
Attendance: 180


  1. Grow Food Grow Hope - Anthony Staubach
  2. Fiver Rivers MetroParks Farmers Market - Bethany Ramsey
  3. OSU Extension, Miami County - Brian Raison
  4. Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm - Charity Krueger
  5. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture - J. Anthony Logan
  6. Valley View School - Kevin Philips
  7. Olive, An Urban Dive - Kimberly Colette
  8. B-W Greenways - Sherry Chen
  9. OSU Extension - Suzanne Mills - Wazniak
  10. Synergy Incubators - Tonia Fish

2011 Montgomery County Food Policy Coalition Food Summit

Theme: Children’s Health and Nutrition
Location: Salvation Army Kroc Center
Attendance: 160

2010 Montgomery County Food Policy Coalition Food Summit

Theme: Food Security and Access
Location: Sinclair Conference Center, Charity Early Auditorium
Attendance: 140