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Thursday, October 10 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Foodsteading: Creating Places for Food FILLING

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Imagine if in every community, there was a place for food beyond the grocery store, restaurant, or farmers’ market.

Food options in communities are typically limited to grocery stores, restaurants, farmers markets and convenience stores--all "soloed" components to a challenged food system. The rise in health challenges creates a deep opportunity to collaborate in unique ways to address social issues. The importance of food usually gets lost amid the many others factors that drive community-level work. Hot-button topics such as education, housing, transportation, employment, healthcare and public safety dominate the conversations. Yes, food has its place in these realms — usually related to hunger and access to healthy food — but does it get the attention it deserves?

In a follow-up to her 2018 TEDx Boise talk, "Is there a place for food?" Shannon McGuire will share outcomes of the foodsteading movement happening in the Treasure Valley.

Following her presentation, McGuire will lead an in-depth discussion about the importance of connecting people to real food. The panel will detail how social enterprises are partnering with communities to advance local food system strategies with the ultimate goal being to create more food education and empowered destinations. McGuire will be joined on the panel by Dean Papé (deChase Miksis), Mo Valko (Boise Co-Op), and Kendra Witt-Doyle (Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation).

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Shannon McGuire

Chief Empowerment Officer, Spark Strategic Solutions
Shannon knows what it takes to make organizations and communities flourish because she’s seen them from just about every angle. For the past 15 years she has helped grow the top line, improve the bottom line and remove divides – all while catalyzing transformational impact. She’s... Read More →
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Dean Papé

Managing Partner, deChase Miksis
Dean has a portfolio of development projects that runs the gamut, from residential to retail and from medical to mixed-use. Recent additions to his volume of work include student housing, automotive dealerships, market-rate apartments and a neighborhood retail center.Dean is an active... Read More →
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Mo Valko

Marketing Manager, Boise Co-op
Mo Valko started as the Marketing Manager at Boise Co-op in March, 2015. She is passionate about localized economies, growing the Co-op’s impact, and incorporating sustainable practices into daily operations. She helped introduce a composting partnership to the Co-op (diverting... Read More →
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Kendra Witt-Doyle

Executive Director, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health
Kendra Witt-Doyle is the Executive Director of the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Idaho’s leading health-focused charitable foundation. A recognized expert on community health, Kendra provides strategic oversight and leadership across the Foundation’s efforts to create... Read More →

Thursday October 10, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm MDT
JUMP (Inspire Studio - 4th Floor)