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Join us for Detroit Food 2014

By Kibibi Blount-Dorn
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Don’t miss Detroit Food 2014, April 3-4 at Focus: HOPE hosted by the Detroit Food Policy Council and co-sponsored by the Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative. This year’s theme is “Race to Good Food” and will focus on racial equity across the food system.

LaDonna Redmond will give the keynote address on April 3. Redmond is a food justice activist who was inspired to fight for a fairer food system after facing limited access to healthy, organic food in her Chicago community.

“I wanted to get the healthiest food I could for (my son). I wanted food that was free from genetically modified organisms. I wanted food that was free from pesticides. I wanted food, basically, that was grown healthy, organically…,” says Redmond. “But that food — the best food — was not available in my neighborhood on the west side of Chicago.”

In April 2013, Redmond launched the Campaign for Food Justice Now (CFJN) is an organization that, in its own words, “applies race, class and gender” to the food system. It confronts underlying themes of social justice within the food movement through community-based solutions, promoting social change, and engaged advocacy.

The keynote address will be followed by a series of panel discussions and workshops throughout both days. There will be four workshop tracks: Food Systems 101; Policy Boot Camps; Research, Race and Economics; and a special track for young people. Food Systems 101 workshops will give an overview of the local food system. This track will feature workshops such as “Isn’t Our Food System More Than Just Food?” which will discuss the components that make up the food system and how they interact.

The Policy Boot Camps will examine the public policies that impact our access to healthy food. This track will feature workshops such as “National Policy Updates” which will discuss how national policy changes such as the new Farm Law will affect our access to food locally.

Workshops in the Research, Race and Economics track will explore issues of racial justice in the food system. This track will feature workshops such as “Cooperative Economics,” which will discuss different economic models for grocery stores that empower customers and employees to make decisions about the food that is provided in their communities. The full schedule of workshops will be available at

Detroit Food 2014 will include learning circles about topics such as job creation and grocery shopping in the city. Organizations and companies from around the city will provide information at our resource fair. Lunch on the first day of the summit will include a multicultural taste of Detroit featuring food provided by Detroit-based food businesses.

The cost is $20 for both days and scholarships are available. To register or apply for a scholarship, please visit For more information or to request a registration form by mail contact Kibibi Blount-Dorn at or 313.477.3748.

Detroit Food 2014: Race to Good Food takes place April 3-4 at Focus: HOPE Conference Center, 1400 Oakman Blvd, Detroit.

Kibibi Blount-Dorn is program manager at the Detroit Food Policy Council.






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