One speaker to look forward to at the Food Tank event: ‘We Can Change the Food System, Chicago! is Alan Shannon, Public Affairs Director for the U.S Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for the Midwest Region. FNS is responsible for the nation’s 15 nutrition assistance programs that currently serve one in four Americans. From healthier school meals to proposed junk food bans for SNAP (formerly food stamps), FNS programs are in the news every day. Addressing hunger and promoting nutrition aren’t mutually exclusive goals, though realizing both present challenges.
During the event, Shannon will provide a brief overview of how FNS programs address hunger and promote nutrition, and share stories about model approaches. He’ll also discuss his work with; GoodGreens, a Midwest effort to promote local food systems.Shannon writes about food, restaurants, and travel for a variety of publications. To check him out before the event, follow his tweets at @alanjshannon.
On April 17th at the Pizza Bella Restaurant in the Roscoe Village Neighborhood, Food Tank is bringing together some of the Chicago food movement’s leading thinkers and doers for an evening of idea-driven presentations and conversation. Join us to be inspired, make connections, and eat great food, get your ticket today!