RAFI’s Equity at the Table Speaker Series Comes to Wilmington

From Feast Down East:

WILMINGTON, NC – Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) will be presenting at UNC Wilmington on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 6:30-8:30pm on “Finding Your Story in Farm Bill 2018”. RAFI’s Senior Policy Advisor, Scott Marlow, will discuss the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization process, which encompasses the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and its implication for a variety of agricultural and food assistance programs and policies. Attendees will learn how to translate their stories into political action around agriculture and food policy. This event is part of RAFI’s Equity at the Table Speaker Series, which features varied perspectives on diversity, equity, and inclusion, while educating the community about food security issues. The event is FREE and open to the public.


Founded in 1990, RAFI is a nonprofit organization with the mission to cultivate markets, policies, and communities that sustain thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms. While RAFI works both internationally and nation-wide, the foundation focuses on farm and food related issues specific to North Carolina and the southeastern United States.


The Farm Bill is the piece of federal legislation that governs agricultural, food, and nutrition programs and policy in the US. SNAP, the nation’s largest food and nutrition assistance program, is a major component of the Farm Bill, which is up for renewal in 2018. SNAP increases food security and alleviates hunger for millions of low-income recipients each year. The program, however, is currently at risk of funding cuts and restructuring as proposed by the current administration.


This event is hosted by Feast Down East and the Cape Fear Food Council (CFFC), of which Feast Down East is a founding member. CFFC is a grassroots coalition of community members and area leaders advocating for a stronger, more equitable food system in southeastern North Carolina. Together with a network of food councils across the state, CFFC recently participated in an effort to advocate for the preservation of SNAP funding within the Farm Bill. Food councils gathered the support of community and faith-based organizations, as well as businesses across the state, for a petition that was delivered to North Carolina’s congressional representatives urging them to reject proposals that would eliminate or reduce funding to SNAP.


The “Finding Your Story in Farm Bill 2018” presentation will take place at UNCW’s DeLoach Hall in Room 114 and visitor parking is available in Lot C, next to Kenan Auditorium. (DeLoach Hall “DL” and Lot C are located in the lower left-hand corner of this campus map.) The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so RSVPs are requested at rafiusa.org/cttt/speaker-series or through a link on the Facebook event page. For more information, please contact Sarah Daniels at (910) 962-7723 or sarah@feastdowneast.org.


Feast Down East, is a nonprofit organization working to “grow the local food system” of southeastern North Carolina. It is affiliated with UNC Wilmington through the Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems Program. The mission of Feast Down East is to create a healthy, accessible local food system, which supports economic growth in this region. The organization offers a number of programs designed to strengthen several key aspects of the local food system: farmer support, produce distribution, and local food access for all consumers. The Feast Down East Food Hub is a USDA-designated facility, which helps small family farms to market, sell and distribute their products to wholesale buyers in the Wilmington area. For more information, visit the website www.FeastDownEast.org.

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