Join The Food Trust, Reinvestment Fund and PolicyLink for the 9th Annual National Convening on Healthy Food Access, to be held October 6–7, 2020. This year’s event will be completely virtual, providing the learning, advocacy and networking opportunities that attendees have come to expect.

This annual convening brings together policymakers, advocates, food industry professionals, philanthropic organizations and financial institutions from across the country in a forum to exchange ideas, information and best practices. Started as a gathering of federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) grantees, the event has grown to expand and support not only HFFI, but a range of policies and programs that work to increase access to healthy food across the country.

The 2020 convening will focus on a variety of important issues related to increasing access to and demand for healthy food, with a strong focus on HFFI and other federal policies such as SNAP, along with sustainable food systems, innovative community-based solutions and partnerships, recent research and evaluation, and impacts of food access efforts. As recent events cast a long-overdue spotlight in the inequities that persist in our country, this work is more important than ever to reduce health disparities—and create economic opportunity—for all communities.

Although this is a virtual event, space is limited—so we encourage you to register today!

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The 9th Annual National Convening on Healthy Food Access is made possible by the Center for Healthy Food Access and generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and our Silver Sponsor, Self Help Credit Union.


2020 Keynote Speakers

We are thrilled to announce this year's keynote speakers, both key figures in the healthy food access movement.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee,
a longtime advocate for legislative action to end poverty, and the only Black woman in Democratic Leadership, serving as Co-Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Steering Committee


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Dr. Ashanté M. Reese,
assistant professor of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and author of the book Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C. (2019)