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Help respond to Food System Needs

Covid-19 Highlights Issues Regarding the Food System in the Triad

Post Date:05/18/2020 2:00 PM

The Piedmont Triad Regional Food Council (PTRFC) is seeking community feedback to inform a comprehensive regional food system assessment. PTRFC is working with Carolina Creative Works and Community Food Lab to develop a new national model for food system assessment and action strategies centered on building equity for the twelve Triad counties. The assessment will collect and analyze data on regional food production, infrastructure, and markets as well as community health and development.

The impacts of Covid-19 in the Triad have highlighted significant issues about food production, food access, supply chains, and inequities that PTRFC will analyze with this assessment process. “In response to this global pandemic, we feel it is more important than ever to continue this important work,” said Jesse Day, Planning Director at the Piedmont Triad Regional Council. “This assessment allows us to hear the needs of our communities now and plan for the future. We will position our communities and resources to build a stronger and more equitable food system.”

This work is essential because:
• PTRFC can identify immediate and longer-term needs in every Triad community.
• People can connect with resources, agencies, organizations, and knowledge that they
need.
• PTRFC can report the results of the assessment with local governments, nonprofits,
hospitals, and others working to address both long-term food system needs and immediate needs from COVID-19 impacts.
• Community members can become involved now, while this crisis is unfolding, to help
make sure that we connect, rebuild, and move forward together to build a more robust food system that serves everyone in the Triad.

How you can participate and represent your community:

Take Our SurveyTake Our Survey
 Make your voice heard! We are seeking participants from the Piedmont Triad Region. The survey is open to anyone in the region that participates in or is interested in the food system. Individually, attendees will participate in 5 to 10 minutes of surveys, which pertain to their household food accessibility, community food resources, etc. Take the survey at publicinput.com/triadfood.

Join Our MeetingsJoin Our Meetings:

Remote meetings designed to bring community members, advocates, farmers, food businesses, and supply chain agencies together are being planned for May, June, and July.

  •  May 18, 6:00 p.m. - Guilford-High Point Food System Meeting, co-hosted by the Greater High Point Food Alliance (open to the public)
  •  May 20, 10:00 a.m. - Cooperative Extension Focus Group (open to agents & CES)
  •  May 20, 6:00 p.m. - Regional Meeting (open to the public)
  •  May 21, 10:00 a.m. - Regional Meeting (open to the public)\ May 28, 6:00 p.m. - Urban Farming Interest Meeting (open to the public)

Additional community meetings and topic-focused discussions are being planned, and will be announced on June 1.

For an updated list of upcoming events, please visit https://publicinput.com/triadfood.

This work is made possible by a four-year, $634,500 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. With questions and to learn more about the Regional Food Council, please contact Jennifer Bedrosian, PTRC Regional Food System Coordinator, at jbedrosian@ptrc.org or visit www.ptrc.org/triadfoodcouncil.

With questions about the food system assessment, please contact community@carolinacreators.com. The project relies on expert interviews and focus groups to facilitate data collection. If you are interested in providing an interview or being a focus group participant, please email.

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