The primary goal of the coalition is to reduce hunger and strengthen the local food system. The outcomes of this initiative will include a comprehensive, regional response to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues.
What is it?
A very diverse set of stakeholders working to advance a common agenda: More local food for all
1 in 3 people are hungry. Over 98% of food consumed in the Gorge is imported. We need a resilient, inclusive food system.
How did it come about?
The group of 30+ stakeholders was initially convened by the Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon in April 2015. The Oregon Food Bank then convened a second meeting to identify some general needs, goals, and objectives for the region.
Gorge Grown Food Network was identified by the group as the agency best-positioned to lead the nascent effort. A Steering Committee formed to define next steps in early 2016 with representatives from the health care sector, Oregon Food Bank, Columbia Gorge Health Council and Gorge Grown. We applied for professional facilitation from Oregon Solutions (a program in the Governors office that facilitates collaborative solutions to community issues). Governor Kate Brown approved the project and the kick-off event was in May 2016.
The Oregon Solutions community-strategic planning process took 6 months and and resulted in a Declaration of Cooperation: an agreement signed by each participant outlining the roles and resources committed by each partner.
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