Food Security Summit

10 to 11:30 a.m. EST on the following dates: 
Dec. 8, 2020
Jan. 12 and 26, Feb. 9 and 23, and March 9, 2021

Free Event, Meeting Virtually over Zoom

The Food Security Summit is a six-part virtual series aiming to create space for people to learn about needs and resources and explore a shared understanding and a common vision to address regional food insecurity and hunger in the greater Grand Traverse region. It strives to create additional public awareness through sharing data and stories of care, resiliency, and change, and to highlight a whole-community issue that is rapidly increasing in severity with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food insecurity and hunger were already-growing problems prior to the pandemic, and are now magnified. Our food system is broken and we collectively have an opportunity to improve it. These are immediate problems that need quick implementation and long-term solutions rooted in sound community-based policies, programs, and strategies. 

We invite you to attend if you are: experiencing food insecurity, supporting a family member or neighbor experiencing food insecurity, working at a food pantry or at an agency providing food assistance, a community member wanting to learn and support people experiencing food insecurity, working at an organization that supports people, or a community that is experiencing food insecurity, or simply curious about learning more about food and the future of your community.

Register for one or all sessions

Dec. 8, 2020 Session 1 - Who in our community is facing Food Insecurity?
This first session seeks to refresh the lens at which we look at food insecurity and hunger. Join us to hear panelists and neighbors share their experiences of food security.

Jan. 12, 2021  Session 2 – What are the sources of food assistance? The second session takes a look at both public and private food assistance programs through the lens of those operating the programs. Learn about the challenges these programs have encountered during the pandemic and local responses

Jan. 26, 2021 Session 3 – How do we make decisions to address community and individual needs?

Feb. 9, 2021 Session 4 – How do people in need get access to healthy food? 

Feb. 23, 2021 Session 5 – What values drive our solutions?

March 9, 2021 Session 6 – What’s Next?  Chartering a path forward for food security for our community?

All sessions are 10 to 11:30 a.m. EST

WHERE: All sessions will be hosted over Zoom. A link to participate in the session will be emailed to you prior to the event. 

This series is funded by a grant from Rotary Charities. 
Event partners: Northwest Michigan Food Coalition, MSU Extension, Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan and Groundwork for Resilient Communities

Registration for Food Security Summit is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 4, 2021.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For questions pertaining to the program content, please contact Michele Worden at
For questions pertaining to the registration process or the Zoom platform, please contact Jennnifer Berkey at 231-342-9595 or