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Food Security. D.C. Food Security Regional Call. Friday, December 2, 2022 1pm-3:15pm ET


 Metro DC Food Security Regional Call

December 2, 2022

2 pm to 3:15 pm

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2023 Food Security and Resilience Legislative and Policy Priorities Briefing

Ahead of the Maryland and Virginia 2023 legislative sessions, and next District of Columbia Council Period, this year’s meeting will focus on agreed upon and emerging priorities of groups or coalitions working to improve food security and food system resilience at the state-level. In addition to sharing priorities, speakers may also address how they plan to monitor, evaluate, and potentially support, proposed legislation. 

Several other topics, including time for local updates, are included in this year’s agenda. 

This meeting will be recorded.



2:00 pm: Lindsay Smith, Regional Food Systems Planner,

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

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Regional context for this year’s briefing



2:05 pm: Remarks and discussion with Ona Balkus,

DC Food Policy Director on behalf of the DC Food Policy Council 

2:20 pm: Eddie Oliver, Executive Director, Federation of Virginia Food Banks

on behalf of the Virginia Food Access Coalition 

2:35 pm: Brittany Cook, Food Resilience Specialist, Executive Office, Maryland Department of

Emergency Management on behalf of the Maryland Food System Resiliency Council

2:50 pm: Additional Discussion and Q & A


3:00 pm: USDA Regional Food Business Centers Application Update

  • Lauren DeSimone, Food System Financing Advisor, Virginia Community Capital
  • Dalila Boclin, Food Works Group

Lauren and Dalila will provide an update on the status of the Regional Food Business Centers application for the Chesapeake Region, including how interested organizations can provide letters of support for the proposal. 

3:05 pm: Community Announcements

Open time for local, state, or regional announcements

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