Let’s Talk About Food Community Forums

People’s voices matter when tackling big issues. The Greater Louisville Project’s recently released report Poverty Beyond Income, identified that 44% of Louisville’s poor children live in food insecure households. However, challenges with food access are not limited to children or the poor.  Many of Louisville’s middle income and working families struggle with easy access to affordable, nutritious food.  Food insecurity is undoubtedly a far-reaching and critical issue in Louisville.

When tackling big issues, innovation is possible when many voices and various perspectives are paired with real data and fresh perspective.  For the past several months our Hunger Innovation Fellow, Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman, has been gathering information about Louisville’s response to food insecurity.

We have the data, but what we need now is you! The community is invited to attend one of three Let’s Talk About Food community forums offered at 3 different times and locations from May 9 – 12, 2018. These forums are free and will be catered by local establishments, with vegetarian options available. Each forum will present the same information in hope of gathering feedback from multiple voices and perspectives. To learn more and RSVP, visit www.hungerinnovationfellowship.org.

  • May 9 at the Table Café in Portland – 6:00 – 7:30 PM
  • May 11 at the Smoketown Family Wellness Center – 10:00 – 11:30 AM
  • May 12 at the South Central Regional Library – 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Recognizing that meaningful innovation is impossible without well informed strategies; Monique will share her initial findings with Louisvillians concerned about improving food access in our city in these interactive forums. Our goal is to empower neighborhoods with data. The data can help residents recognize strengths, identify gaps, and suggest strategies. These strategies can then lead to change. Louisville’s ability to be a place where all people thrive will require engagement from everyone. We hope you will join your neighbors in becoming better informed and lending your creativity towards tackling Louisville’s big issue of food insecurity. Our voices can lead to change.

The Hunger Innovation Fellowship is a partnership of Lift a Life Foundation and the Community Foundation of Louisville to identify systems level changes to elevate and accelerate collective efforts to end food insecurity in Louisville.  The Hunger Innovation Fellowship is providing resources for one year to elevate and accelerate existing initiatives so we can improve food access in Jefferson County, Kentucky.