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Food Summit
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Join us for this two-day Food Summit focused on issues of food access, food justice, and community resources, featuring a keynote presentation on food deserts by actor/activist Wendell Pierce (September 15 only).  Reservations are required for the workshops.  Please call (314) 361-9017 to reserve your spot.

*Please leave additional time for parking or plan to take public transportation due to heavy traffic in Forest Park.


Noon:  Keynote Presentation with Wendell Pierce

  • Wendell PierceWendell Pierce is recognized by film audiences for his extensive work for such directors as Woody Allen and Spike Lee.  Currently you can catch Wendell on HBO's critically acclaimed drama series TREME.  In addition to his regular role in TV, Wendell has appeared in The Wire, Fighting Temptations, Ray, Land of Plenty, Bulworth, and Spike Lee's Get On the Bus.  His filmography also includes Sleepers, Waiting to Exhale, Hackers, Bye Bye Love, It Could Happen to You, Malcolm X, A Rage in Harlem, Bonfire of the Vanities, Casualties of War, Ishtar, Patty Hearst, and The Money Pit. He has also had recurring roles on shows including Law and Order, Third Watch, New York Undercover, and I'll Fly Away. At the Classical Theatre of Harlem, Wendell starred in The Cherry Orchard and a production of Waiting for Godot set in post-Katrina Louisiana, which he then presented in his hometown of New Orleans.  Wendell Pierce will be speaking at the Food Summit due to his personal initiative to combat food deserts in New Orleans.  Learn more about his efforts in a recent New York Times profile.



  • Issues of the Slow Food Movement (Schnucks Learning Center)
    Presenter: Kelly Childs, Slow Food St. Louis
  • Food Security and Land Security (Millstone Learning Center)
    Presenter: Molly Rockamann, Farmer and Founding Director, EarthDance Farms


  • Food Policy and Public Health (Schnucks Learning Center)
    Presenter: Marjorie A. Sawicki, MS, RD, LDN, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition & Diatetics--DCHS (Help Grant)
  • Closing the Grocery Gap (AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room) Presenter: David Sibert, Vice President of Real Estate and Market Development, Save-A-Lot food stores, and Lucinda Perry, Community and Government Relations, SUPERVALU, Inc.




  • Community Mobilization (Schnucks Learning Center)
    Presenter: LaRhonda L. Wilson, Assistant Professor, Anthropology & Sociology, Service Learning St. Louis, Community-College Florissant Valley, Behavioral & Social Sciences


  • Food Justice & Voting (Schnucks Learning Center)
    Presenter: Alderman Antonio French
  • Campus Eco-Garden (AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room)
    Presenter: Mark Manteuffel, Ph.D., Biology



When: Saturday, September 15 - Noon-5pm
Sunday, September 16 - 2pm-5pm
Where: Throughout the Museum
How Much:Free
Brochure: food summit l.pdf
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