Wake County, NC – The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) partnered with Wake County, NC State Cooperative Extension, and the NC State College of Agriculture & Life Sciences to show the NCACC’s award-winning documentary Resilience: Food For All and to host a panel discussion with elected officials and local leaders at James B. Hunt Library.
Resilience: Food For All is a documentary that spotlights food insecurity in North Carolina and its effects on residents located across the state, from urban tech hubs to the remote areas of the mountains and coast.
“Nearly 1 in 10 people face food insecurity in our county, many of whom are children. Impactful events and partnerships like this are critical for the community’s engagement and education. Our innovative updated food security plan came from similar rigorous partnerships and conversations. We are also proud that the work Team Wake does each day, from farmland preservation to health and human services, helps ensure people have consistent access to nutritious foods,” said Wake County Board of Commissioners Chair Shinica Thomas.
Over 300 people attended the documentary showing and reception, eating locally sourced food from Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and engaging with other local stakeholders and organizations.
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle CEO, Ron Pringle; Wake County Commissioner, Matt Calabria; Wake County Food Insecurity Manager, Sydney Meirop; Black Farmers Market CEO, Crystal Taylor; NC State University student, Kelis Johnson; and NC State University Vice Provost of Outreach and Engagement, Dr. Rich Bonanno, spoke on the panel discussing local food system resilience and access to healthy food.
NCACC Executive Director Kevin Leonard wants to continue partnering with North Carolina counties, stating, “This event was an amazing and creative opportunity for the Association to unite county commissioners and residents to engage in meaningful community discussions. Through the NCACC’s 100 Strong Productions, we will continue to raise awareness of NC counties’ innovative solutions to issues and uplift the county voice.”
Resilience: Food For All can be streamed here and more information about 100 Strong Productions can be found here.
Editors: Print quality photos may be downloaded for use at: Resilience: Food for All photos. Photos should be credited as follows: Photo courtesy: NCACC.