“A CANDIDate Conversation: Food, Farms, and the Future of Prince George’s”
Date: October 11, 2017
Contact: To cover the forum, contact Chloe Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
BOWIE, MD, October 20, 2017 –
|Join the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council and partners during the afternoon of Friday, October 20th, during the annual Bowie State University Food Day Symposium, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living: Using Food to Fight Diabetes, as we discuss the importance of farms and food for our health, and how our County Council candidates plan to improve both.|
We’re told that eating fresh foods is key to a healthy lifestyle. Yet, healthier foods are generally more expensive and, in some areas, hard to come by. In our area, despite it being one of the most affluent minority communities in the U.S., many of our neighbors lack access to healthy food options. Advocates in Prince George’s County, Maryland have been working to change that and want elected officials to be part of the solution.
“A CANDIDate Conversation: Food, Farms, and the Future of Prince George’s,” will provide an opportunity for County Council candidates to join the discussion on the importance of farms and food for resident’s health, and how they, as our County Council candidates, plan to ensure that residents have access to healthy, affordable, sustainably produced, safe, and culturally appropriate food. The forum will be held during the afternoon of the 7th Annual Bowie State University Food Day Symposium.Candidates will be asked to respond to the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council’s 2018 Food Policy Platform and answer related questions during a moderated Q&A panel.
The following candidates will participate in this year’s forum:
Deni Taveras, District 2Dannielle Glaros, District 3Jolene Ivey, District 5Juan Stewart Jr., District 7Carlton Carter, District 8Tamara Davis Brown, District 9Sherman Hardy, District 9Kevin Harris, District 9Candace Hollingsworth (candidate registration forthcoming)
Event Details & Registration Information:
Location: Bowie State University, Student Center Ballroom
14000 Jericho Park Road
Bowie, MD 20715
Time and Date: Fri, October 20, 2017
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
This year’s forum will be held as a special afternoon session of the Bowie State University Food Day Symposium. To attend the full Symposium, “Healthy Eating, Healthy Living: Using Food to Fight Diabetes,” register here. Both events are free and open to the public. Food Day Symposium attendees will enjoy a day of diverse programming including morning panels of experts focused on healthy diets as a strategy to prevent diabetes, an interactive lunch-time cooking lesson, and a keynote speaker.
About Prince George’s County Food Equity Council (FEC)
The FEC is a local food policy council that works to help Prince George’s County residents grow, sell, and choose healthy foods. Since 2013, FEC has been a voice for county residents at the policymaking table. We work with county leaders to find permanent solutions to improve our our food system. We focus on systematic and sustainable changes to Prince George’s public health challenges (i.e., hunger, obesity, and food deserts that lack healthy food options) by advocating for policy that creates a more equitable local food system. Please feel free to review our 2018 Food Policy Platform to learn about our vision for food policy and how County Council candidates can help support our efforts.
Interested in providing a question for the candidates or covering the forum? Email your “Candidate Questions” and media requests to:
Chloe Marshall, Communications Consultant
Prince George’s County Food Equity Council