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Summit Summary 


2013 Multnomah Food Justice Summit: Inspiring Action


On Friday, October 18, at the fourth annual Multnomah Food Justice Summit, over 350 passionate individuals representing their communities, nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses came together to examine our understandings of food justice, talk strategy and take action. This year took Food Justice from the theme to the main event, renaming the Food Summits as Food Justice Summits that continue to explore that definition within our communities unique landscape, network to further each other's goals and inspire action to tackle more.




The 2013 Multnomah Food Justice Summit kicked off with an inspiring morning featuring Rose High Bear, County Chair Marissa Madrigal, and LaDonna Redmond.


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2013 Summit Highlights 

After a morning Blessing led by Wisdom of the Elder's Rose High Bear, Multnomah County Chair Marissa Madrigal welcomed participants thanking the community for their work around food systems, policy, and justice. Chair Madrigal highlighted Multnomah County's core values of providing for the basic needs of residents, protecting the health of residents, and a focus on sustainability efforts to address the unfortunate reality of Oregon as the second hungriest state in the nation, and the disproportionate impacts of a food system distribution that leads to chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease in low-income communities and communities of color.

Keynote speaker, LaDonna Redmond, founder of the Chicago-based The Campaign for Food Justice Now, spoke about how to improve access to healthy foods and food justice when she took the stage. Redmond told the crowd that in order to address food justice, organizations need to address historical trauma rooted in racism and oppression. She also spoke to the power of food as a tool for organizing, and called on Oregonians to recognize historical injustices and apply analyses of race, class and gender when confronting issues of food access and health disparities.

"For me food justice is introducing the elements or lens of race, class and gender into a conversation that uses food as a tool to organize people to achieve justice," Redmond said. "In my book, the goal is not just to get the food, the goal is to get the freedom."

The day was organized by 6 unique tracks of community presentations culminating in an interactive work session around the areas of:

  • Food Justice in Our Schools

  • Neighborhoods in Action

  • More than Sustenance, Food As Healing

  • Getting Back to Our Roots

  • Addressing Hunger & Nutrition

  • Equity in Access, Good Food For All

Presentations are posted online here. And you can also take a look at theKeynote Presentation and Table Topic networking lists.


Lunch provided a time for folks to network and discuss particular "Table Topics" around areas such as food safety, healthy equity, institutional purchasing, food carts, foraging, and retail, just to name a few.


This year, additional efforts were made to remove barriers to participation by providing a sliding scale of registration fees, translation services, childcare, and transportation subsidies. Please fill out our feedback survey to let us know how we can continue to improve and have more populations be involved in food system conversations.


The 2013 Multnomah Food Justice Summit was possible thanks to the Food Advisory Board, all the community presenters, sponsors, and the planning staff.


Please contact Kim Powe, Director of the Office of Sustainability, or visit to learn more about the annual summit and action plan.



LaDonna Redmond is a long-time community activist who has successfully worked to get Chicago Public Schools to evaluate junk food, launched urban agriculture projects, started a community grocery store and worked on federal farm policy to expand access to healthy food in low-income communities. Redmond is a frequently invited speaker and occasional radio host. In 2009, Redmond was one of 25 citizen and business leaders named a Responsibility Pioneer by Time Magazine. In 2007, she was awarded a Green For All Fellowship. LaDonna attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She was a member of the 2003-2005 class of Food and Society Fellows.

Organizational Supporters Map 

The Multnomah Food Action Plan serves as a strategic document for our community to collaborate, plan and invest wisely on food system goals and actions. To make sure our food community stays connected we've mapped our organizational supporters in an interactive way. Each dot represents an organization, mapped to it’s primary business location, and the colors correspond with the different pillars of the Multnomah Food Action Plan. Each color is proportional to the number of commitments an organization has made in that pillar area. All information for this visualization was self reported. You can sign the Declaration of Support or update your commitments here.



The Multnomah Food Action Plan 

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The Multnomah Food Initiative started as an innovative community partnership to develop a shared food system vision, goals, and an action plan that will promote issues of health, social justice, economic vitality, and sustainability within our regional food system.The Multnomah Food Action Plan presents an opportunity for our community to collaborate, plan and invest wisely on community-prioritized goals and actions.