Oct 26, 2011
Join the Kansas City community on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. for a free public screening of Food, Inc. This movie is rated PG and is approximately 91 minutes. At 8 p.m. a panel of local experts will provide resources and ideas on how you can eat local and get off the corporate food train! There will be prizes, coupons and more. Don’t miss this chance to engage in a lively community discussion! Food is one of the most important things you’ll ever buy for your children. And yet, most people never bother to think about their food and where it comes from.
Panelists will include:
Beth Low, Director of the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition, a broad coalition of individuals, organizations, businesses, and government representatives in the nine county metropolitan area. Current initiatives include improving healthy, affordable food access in food deserts, and increasing institutional purchasing of locally grown foods. The mission of the GKCFPC is to promote policies which support a sustainable food system in which all people have access to affordable, healthy foods.
When asked why the food policy matters, Low responds "Everyone eats. And everyone should be able to provide themselves and their family with food that is good for their health, the environment, and the local economy. We all have a stake in the policies which impact the ways in which food is grown, processed, distributed, and consumed."
Joe Bichelmeyer - Bichelmeyer Meat Market.
The Bichelmeyer family has been providing meat to Kansas City, Kansas and the surrounding area since the 1890s. The Bichelmeyer Meat Market in Kansas City, Kansas opened in 1946 and is operated today by Joe and Jim Bichelmeyer. They raise cattle, offer custom slaughtering, aging and smoking of fine grass fed cattle.
Kim Wells, Fitness and Nutrition expert
She graduated from KU Medical Center in 1994 with her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. She also holds a degree in Exercise Science from KU and is a nationally certified Athletic Trainer. Kim speaks to a variety of organizations educating on fitness and nutrition. She is passionate about empowering others to understand that simple choices in nutrition and fitness can make a profound difference in their health, athletic performance and quality of life.
Leigh Wagner, MS, RD, LD
Integrative Medical Nutrition Therapy, University of Kansas Hospital
Small Farm Specialist, Jackson County
Connstantly explores networking opportunities with other organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, in the greater Kansas City area and the surrounding counties for bringing all possible assistance to the farmers and home gardeners living there. She delivers information and education to the under-served small farmers and ranchers on a one-on-one basis in order for them to improve production and farm income. She receives valuable assistance from three other ISFOP Farm Outreach Workers (FOWs) in the region. Together, they hope to improve the quality of lives of all collaborating farm families, as well as revitalize the communities.
Chef Joy of Bistro Kids
Chef Joy started in kitchens at a young age helping her mother prepare food for catered events. From washing grapes to peeling carrots grew the love for instant gratification and independence that only cooking can give. After receiving a degree in Food and Beverage Management from Johnson County Community College she began cooking for children at Bistro Kids. Bistro Kids philosophy is the food we eat enters our body and literally becomes part of us. Americans spend more money on fast food than on college education, personal computers, or new cars. Why not spend that money on food that is nutritious for our children and helps them develop?
Door to Door Organics, Local Director, Shane
Door to Door Organics will help you eat better, do good and skip a trip to the store. With organic produce and all-natural groceries from farmers and producers you can trust, you'll be making seasonally inspired meals that are good for your body and soul. Now that's good food.