Healthy Food for All Summit

Thank you to those who attended!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel and Conference Center

Neenah, Wisconsin

The Summit

Features: The Summit will feature a keynote by Madeleine Levin from Food, Research and Action Center (FRAC) in Washington D.C. and multiple tracks including: the role of schools, the relationship between hunger and obesity, barriers to food access, and hunger and health.

Pre-Summit Screening Event

Wednesday, March 26, 2014: A screening event of the documentary film, “A Place at the Table,” which follows three American families as they struggle to eat.  Followed by a question and answer session with voices from national, state, and local perspectives.


Healthy Food for All Summit Objectives:

  1. Training – Present comprehensive tools/approaches to enhanced food security, access, and equity.
  2. Networking – Connect community members to those who are interested in addressing nutrition, obesity, and food security issues.
  3. Awareness – Participants will understand how access to healthy food affects everyone.

Agenda including session descriptions:

Healthy Food for All Summit Complete Agenda (PDF, 3 pages)

Speaker Bios (Excel)

Attendee Roster (Excel)


Find PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and links below:

Welcome & Keynote

Madeleine Levin, Food, Research, and Action Center (FRAC)

FRAC Keynote (PowerPoint)

 A Review of Strategies to Bolster SNAP’s Role in Improving Nutrition as well as Food Security

Food Hardship in America 2012

Morning Breakout Sessions

1)      Role of schools: Opportunities to expand school food programs beyond the traditional lunch line.

Learn more about the universal free breakfast program, summer meals program and Summer Lunch Bunch, and community eligibility program as options for schools to increase student participation in meals.  These programs are focused on creating more opportunities for children to have access to a meal when they might not otherwise have one.

Universal Free Breakfast Resources

Janesville School District breakfast cycle menu (Excel)

Janesville School District universal free breakfast outline (Word)

2)      Relationship between hunger, poverty, and obesity: Safe and healthy food for the hungry.

This session will describe and outline the outcomes of a Wisconsin Partnership Program Community-Academic Partnership grant currently underway between UW Extension and Wisconsin Community Action Program Association.  This project seeks to improve the safety and nutritional quality of food available to food pantry users by empowering pantries to implement strategies to enhance the food pantry environment.


3)      Barriers to food access: Environmental influences on food choices.

This presentation will cover three approaches to assessing the food environment including:

  • The broad perspective of a local, food environment assessment.  What happens to food locally from production to consumption in the county,
  • The results of a nutrition environment assessment before and after a healthy eating initiative, and
  • The results of a qualitative study conducted in Baltimore of how the supermarket environment influences grocery purchasing.

Summary Waushara County 2012 (PDF)

Waushara County Website

ANEWC Project (PowerPoint)

Checkout Healthy

Order Up Healthy


4)      Hunger and health: Healthcare systems: How they play a role in hunger and health.

Learn about the organization of healthcare systems and discuss links between the Affordable Care Act, hunger, and health issues. Find out about recent research on strategies to engage physicians and encourage them to make referrals to resources, including SNAP, which could help patients in need.


Health in All Policies Panel

There is growing interest in using collaborative approaches to improve population health by embedding health considerations into decision-making processes across a broad array of sectors. The panel will describe their involvement in some of these efforts locally.


Health in All Policies Presentation (PowerPoint)

Eau Claire County (PowerPoint)

Eau Claire County Health Chapter Webpage

re:TH!NK Winnebago County (PowerPoint)


Afternoon Breakout Sessions

1)      Role of schools: Community Eligibility, a new frontier in school meals.

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a new option coming to schools beginning in school year 2014-2015.  In this session, you will hear more details about the national pilot data for this program and how it can benefit schools in Wisconsin.

National CEP (PowerPoint)

CEP and Direct Certification (PowerPoint)

2)      Relationship between hunger, poverty, and obesity: Adding community value to gardens.

Presenters will share their stories behind how they are producing much more than just produce for those in need in their areas.  This session will cover what additional opportunities they are providing their community to help get beyond simply donating food.

Adding Value to Gardens Presentation (PowerPoint)

3)      Barriers to food access: The Wisconsin Food Security Project.

This session will provide an interactive overview of a website for exploring and documenting food access and the food security infrastructure in Wisconsin.  The website provides a wealth of local data related to food security, economic well-being, public and private food assistance programs, the retail food environment, selected health outcomes, and demographics.

4)      Hunger and health: Healthcare systems: Change can happen.

This session will look at local efforts to help shape the healthcare system internally and externally. St. Vincent’s Hospital, the only hospital in Wisconsin participating in the national Bestfed Beginnings project, will share their experience improving maternity care practices.  Affinity Health System will discuss their involvement with the Weight of the Fox Valley and describe how the movement towards better health as a community started and how they are continuing to move forward.

Bestfed Beginnings (PowerPoint)