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Forum to look at rural answers to hunger, nutrition issues

MONTEVIDEO -- A community forum will look at the issue of hunger and nutrition-related illness in our country, and how rural communities offer opportunities for solving them.

The forum "Good Food in Hard Times" will be from 4 to 8 p.m. April 27 at Salem Lutheran Church in Montevideo.

It will start with a light meal and resource fair featuring nutrition and food-assistance programs and efforts to support the development of a sustainable local food system.

How community-based food systems can help provide nutritious food for everyone will be the topic for keynote speaker Brother David Andrews. He is currently a Kellogg Foundation Food and Farming Fellow and formerly the executive director of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference.

Perri Graham, regional director of Church World Service, will also speak on models of sustainability she saw during a visit to Honduras and Guatemala.

Vicki Poier, co-chair of the Montevideo Area CROP Walk, and Allison Hutchens, a Montevideo educator, will give an update on local hunger concerns.

The evening will culminate with two presentations on local solutions to food-access challenges in rural communities by Lisa Coons, director of the Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry at Good Counsel in Mankato, and Audrey Arner from Moonstone Farm of Montevideo.

Everyone interested in food, farming, and hunger is invited to come.

For more information contact Tom Taylor with the Land Stewardship Project at 320-269-2105.