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Food Insecurity & Waste Diversion

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Below, you'll find our past events and the resources our community members and organizers shared with us.

Food insecurity is a complex issue and requires coordination between all sectors of our community to address and end hunger.   In the fall of 2016 Healthy Chula Vista started a series of forums to discuss these issues and build more sustainable food delivery systems in Chula Vista and the South Bay.  Agendas of each event with links to available presentations are provided as resources below.


Chula Vista Food Recovery Forum I

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This forum aimed to address food recovery in our community.  We discussed state legislation, tax incentives, and how business leaders can effectively implement food recovery programs in their businesses. 

Donating Liability and Tax Incentives
Jennifer Winfrey, Recycling Specialist, County of San Diego.

Benefits of Partnerships
Rosy Vasquez, Turning the Hearts Center

How to get Started
Vanessa Moore, Vice president of operation, The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank

Optional Tour of Jag Kitchen

Patie Bartow, Director of Child Development Center


South Bay Hunger Relief Forum III

This forum provided an opportunity for participants to discuss and develop a sustainable framework for food recovery and distribution in the south bay area.

Opening Remarks
Dean E. Sidelinger, MD, MSEd, Child Health Medical Officer, County of San Diego HHSA

Poverty in Our Community – Social Determinants
Anahid Brakke, San Diego Hunger Coalition Executive Director

Maximizing Food Recovery
Patti Larson, Food Finders Executive Director                                   
(Waste Not OC Coalition)                                                             

Breakout Sessions:
Ensuring Nutritious Food
Building & Maintaining Partnerships
Community Building, Education & Sustainability
Poverty Supporting Services

Maximizing Collection & Distribution
Grant Making, Fundraising & Volunteers   

Click here for the BANANA BREAD RECIPE served!


South Bay Hunger Relief Forum II

This forum featured an educational cut of the film "Just Eat It" followed by a panel discussion on county, city, school district, and school based efforts to foster creative solutions to divert waste from our landfills.

Opening Remarks

Mary Rose Peralta, Chula Vista High School Principal
Lorena Gonzalez, State Assembly (D-80)

Film Screening
"Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story" Educational Cut

Food Waste Diversion Efforts (Panel Discussion)
Facilitators: CVHS Students Joseph Espinoza & Rosie Peralta
Naomi Billups, Public Health Nutrition Manager, County of San Diego Health & Human Services
Dave DiDonato, Recycling Specialist, City of Chula Vista
Eric Span, Director of Nutrition Services, Sweetwater Union High School District
Maria Galleher, Agriculture Pathway Program, Chula Vista High School


South Bay Hunger Relief Forum I

The first forum explored the state of food insecurity in Chula Vista and the south bay, impacts of nutrition on our communities health, local and state initiatives and a panel discussion about best practices in food delivery.

State of Food Insecurity in Chula Vista & South Bay
Amanda Schultz, MPH, San Diego Hunger Coalition CalFresh Outreach Director

Nutrition and Health
Jillian Barber, SHARP Community Benefits and Health Improvement Program Manager

State and Local Initiatives
Dr. Shirley Weber, California State Assembly (D-79)

Best Practices & Trends in Food Delivery (Panel Discussion)
Facilitator: Stan Miller, Community Health Improvement Partners Senior Director
Cindy Knapp, SuperFood Drive Associate Director
Rosy Vasquez, Sister Dolores Social Outreach Program Manager
Mark Jones, City of Chula Vista Homeless Outreach Coordinator
Debbie Case, Meals on Wheels San Diego County President & CEO

Healthy Chula Vista & Next Steps
Stacey Kurz, Healthy Chula Vista Coordinator




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