Theology, Ecology, and Food Justice
Jenny Howell, Ph.D., Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary
The mission of Baylor University is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community. In recognition of this mission, Truett Seminary, in partnership with BCHP and World Hunger Relief Inc., has recently launched the Theology, Ecology, and Food Justice program, which examines the complex and interrelated challenges posed by poverty, ecological degradation, and food insecurity through theological, biblical, and interdisciplinary studies. In this session, Dr. Jenny Howell will share the basic principles guiding this innovative work.
Media Training for Non-Profits, School District Personnel, and Other Organizations
Tariq Thowfeek, Seeker Strategies
Manny Garcia, Seeker Strategies
Perry Osattin, Seeker Strategies
Bailey Schumm, Seeker Strategies
Cliff Walker, Seeker Strategies
At some point, almost everyone involved in work to address food insecurity will be asked to engage with a print or broadcast reporter. Yet we often find ourselves flat footed in these settings where we have had little, if any, preparation for. In this session, the team from Seeker Strategies, a Black and Brown-owned advocacy and communications firm, will provide basic tools for interviews, reaching out to reporters, and getting your message across in a way that is helpful to both your organization and the public.
Addressing Gaps Through Coordinated Care Networks
Rondel Youngblood, Unite Us
Have you ever gone home at night wondering if your client received all the help they needed? Unite Us’ shared technology platform works in real time with health and social care providers to support the complex needs of local individuals and families. The network contains partners who provide a broad range of services such as employment, food assistance, behavioral health, utilities, and more. Our coordinated care networks provide robust community-wide data to better understand the needs of the community and address gaps in service to fulfill those needs.
Building Food System Resilience to Disasters: An Equity-Centered Planning Guide for Local Governments and their Partners
Elsie Moore, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Natural and human-made disasters can severely impact food systems and food security. This session will focus on the role of local governments in helping to strengthen food system resilience and build equitable and just food systems before, during, and after disruptive events. The session will share findings from a collaborative Community of Practice that included representatives from five cities in the United States and researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and Center for Applied Public Research.
Participant Insights from a Qualitative Study of the 2020 Emergency Meals-to-You Project
Dr. Sara Dye, Baylor University
Courtney Haworth, Baylor University
This session will explore the results of a qualitative study of BCHP’s Emergency Meals-to-You (eMTY) project that delivered nearly 40 million meals to over 270,000 children from April to August 2020. You will “hear” directly from the households who were interviewed; learning their stories and understanding how these families experienced the pandemic and the eMTY project. Attendees will gain an understanding of the eMTY project, engage with case studies from the qualitative study, and explore implications for future research.