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Faith and Opportunity Fellows Virtual Convening: Resources to address Food Insecurity and Build Resilience
The Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) will host a Faith and Opportunity Fellowship convening bringing together faith leaders, faith-based organizations, and houses of workshop to engage with peers, discuss common challenges, and hear of best practices related to food security and community food system resilience.

The virtual sessions will feature dialogue and discussion around the Farmers to Families Food Box program as well as other innovative anti-hunger approaches on going throughout the country. USDA subject matter experts will be on hand to explore tools and resources to build resilience at the local level. A key aspect of the meeting will be ensuring that participants have a keen understanding of the resources available to them at USDA that can assist in building community food systems infrastructure and resilience.

Pleases see an agenda outline below:

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
1:00-1:15pm Welcome, Briefing Context & Intentions
1:15-1:30pm USDA Faith and Opportunity Fellowship 2020: Purpose and Goals
1:30-2:30pm USDA COVID-19 Food Security Response
2:30-2:45pm Break
2:45-4:00pm CFOI Partner Response to Food Security Challenges
4:00-4:15pm Wrap up and Next Day Overview

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
1:00-1:15pm Welcome, Recap, and Agenda Overview
1:15–2:15pm Overview of Community Food Systems
2:15-2:30pm Break
2:30–3:30pm Food insecurity and vulnerable populations
• Socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers
• Veterans
• Farmworker
• Youth
3:30-4:00pm Guest Remarks & Closing

Thursday, December 17, 2020
1:00-1:15pm Welcome, Recap, and Agenda Overview
1:15–2:30pm USDA resources to address food insecurity and develop a resilient food system
2:30-2:45pm Break
2:45–3:45pm Federal Partner Resources to address food insecurity
3:45-4:15pm OPPE Web Based Economic Development Tool
4:15-4:30pm Wrap Up
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