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Digging Deep For National Food Policy

Kien Lee, Ph.D., Principal Associate/Vice President, presented at the 13th Annual Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders Forum, “Digging Deeper,” June 23-25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. In her session titled Building Grassroots Capacity to Influence National Food Policy: Lessons from Everybody at the Table for Health, Dr. Lee discussed an evaluation conducted by Community Science for EAT4Health, a three-year, multifunder experiment of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, enabling grassroots organizations at the frontline of broken food systems to engage in national advocacy. Based on the evaluation, Community Science developed case studies documenting the experiences of four grassroots leaders and their organizations. The presentation highlighted challenges and accomplishments, and participants discussed how features of the initiative could be applied to any grant portfolio featuring both advocacy and grassroots groups, including those at sub-national levels. Leaders from two of the four organizations and the Noyes Foundation Program Officer were also present to discuss their experiences. 

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