Foodshare’s Community Network Builders, Beatrice Maslowski and Jim Palma, were excited to facilitate the 3rd Annual Hunger Action Team (HAT) Symposium on March 30. Over 100 people filled the beautiful Chrysalis Training and Conference Center in Hartford--representatives from all 19 HATs, Foodshare staff and board, and special guests, including several from The Hartford, were in attendance.
James Arena-DeRosa, President and CEO of Foodshare, shared the organization's 2016 goals which include supporting important work by the Hunger Actions Teams in our local communities. A spokesperson from each HAT gave a quick overview of their team, along with accomplishments and plans for 2016.
High school students from the New Britain Youth Food Justice Initiative shared a video and personal observations from their project “Educate, Cultivate, Advocate” which talked about food deserts in their community.
The event concluded with an opportunity for HAT members to network and share ideas through a variety of discussion groups, touching on topics like:
- Improving access to affordable/healthy food
- Community assets & challenges to food security
- Summer meals
- Grow food year-round with Aquaponics, Aeroponics & Hydroponics
- Healthy Food through gleaning, community and school gardens
- Integrating case management with food pantries
- Techniques to improve communication across HATs