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Friday, October 21 · 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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Asheville/Buncombe Food Policy Council to Convene October 21, 1-4pm
Followed by a social from 4-5pm,
In the Mtn. View Conference Room #417
At the UNC-Asheville Wilma Sherrill Center.

The AVL/Buncombe Food Policy Council (AB-FPC) will create a broad action agenda to alleviate poverty, improve public health, expand local commerce, and further sustainability initiatives by addressing Food Security issues. Food Policy Councils began in 1982 and have sprung up in communities across America. AB-FPC will be based on successful models that have led to action in municipal, county, regional, and state policies. They have also been the catalysts for innovative partnerships between government, non-profits, and the private sector.

All are welcome to an exciting afternoon of organizing, setting goals, and taking action on food security for our community. By coming together we can ensure a comprehensive look at our food security future.**

It’s time to roll up our sleeves and come to the table. The AB-FPC is an action group. Action items will emerge from Day One of this Council, and a broad, consensus policy agenda emerge in the medium-term. Over the long term this community-driven model will allow us to continue growing towards a food secure future. There is no cost for this event.

Our first meeting will be led by veteran moderator and large-group facilitator, Cheri Torres. She is an expert at coordinating the knowledge, vision, and ideas from diverse groups around big issues. You will share your ideas and learn from others, and by the end of the day we will have a product that can be acted upon.

Join us for this exciting and timely effort that will set a course for a safe, affordable, healthy, and prosperous food future for all of us in Asheville and Buncombe County.

**Over the last several months a Food Policy Working Group met with a diverse group individuals and organizations including MANNA, ASAP, Mission Hospital, Bountiful Cities, Asheville Housing Authority, Faith communities, Asheville Independent Restaurants, School leaders, elected officials, and many others. There were nearly fifty meetings that took place as we sought to better understand how to address the multifaceted issues before us.

What emerged was a paper entitled “The Future of Food in Asheville and Buncombe County: Addressing Poverty, Public Health, Local Commerce, and Sustainability through Food Security” and a recognition that convening a Food Policy Council was the best way forward. Read the Future of Food document at: http://ashevillefoodsecurity.wordpress.com/about/
Directions to the Sherrill Center:

Approaching from the North on I-26/US 19/US 23
• Take Exit 25 (UNC Asheville/NC 251)
• Turn left at traffic light at bottom of ramp
• Proceed to next light and take a left onto Campus Drive
• Follow Campus Drive until stop sign and take a right
• The Wilma Sherrill Center parking will be immediately on your right

Approaching from the East on I-40
• Take exit 53B onto I-240 W.
• Follow I-240 W for approximately 4.5 miles.
• Take Exit 4A onto I-26 W/US-19 N/US-23 N/US-70 W (UNC Asheville/Weaverville).
• Follow I-26 W for approximately 1.5 miles.
• Take Exit 25 (UNC Asheville/NC-251).
• Turn right at bottom of exit ramp onto Broadway.
• Proceed to next light and take a left onto Campus Drive
• Follow Campus Drive until stop sign and take a right
• The Wilma Sherrill Center parking will be immediately on your right

Approaching from the West on I-40
• Take Exit 46B (left) onto I-240 E/I-26 W (Asheville).
• Follow I-240 E/I-26 W for approximately 3 miles.
• Take Exit 3B and move into the left-hand lane.
• Take Exit 4A (left) onto I-26 W/US-19 N/US-23 N/US-70 W (UNC Asheville/Weaverville).
• Follow I-26 W for approximately 1.5 miles.
• Take Exit 25 (UNC Asheville/NC-251).
• Turn right at bottom of exit ramp onto Broadway.
• Proceed to next light and take a left onto Campus Drive
• Follow Campus Drive until stop sign and take a right
• The Wilma Sherrill Center parking will be immediately on your right

Approaching from the South on I-26
• Stay on I-26 W, merge onto I-240 E (toward US-70/UNC-A)
• Follow I-240 E/I-26 W for approximately 3 miles.
• Take Exit 3B and move into the left-hand lane.
• Take Exit 4A (left) onto I-26 W/US-19 N/US-23 N/US-70 W (UNC Asheville/Weaverville).
• Follow I-26 W for approximately 1.5 miles.
• Take Exit 25 (UNC Asheville/NC-251).
• Turn right at bottom of exit ramp onto Broadway.
• Proceed to next light and take a left onto Campus Drive
• Follow Campus Drive until stop sign and take a right
• The Wilma Sherrill Center parking will be immediately on your right

Angie Newsome

Angie Newsome is the executive director and editor of Carolina Public Press. Contact her at (828) 774-5290 or e-mail her at anewsome@carolinapublicpress.org.

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