The N.C. Council of Churches is starting its 2013 Come to the Table Conferences in southeast North Carolina, focusing on food insecurity here.

The program, founded in 2007, bring faith leaders, farmers, health care professionals and community organizers together to discuss ways to fight hunger in each region of the state. 

The Eastern Regional Come to the Table Conference will be 8:30am – 4:30 pm on Feb. 4 at the Kinston Community Council for the Arts in Kinston, about two hours northeast of Wilmington. 

Sessions will include:
1. Food Insecurity in Eastern NC: Why our Neighbors are Hungry and What People of Faith Can Do
2. The Theology of Food and Agriculture: How Faith Can Guide and Inspire Our Work
3. Empowering Youth Through Food Ministries and Projects
4. Supporting Farmers, Supporting Families: How Can Local Food Be Accessible?
5. Building Support for Your Ministry or Non-Profit
6. Farmworkers: Supporting Those Who Harvest our Food
7. Family Farms in Eastern NC: Challenges, Opportunities, and How People of Faith Can Help
8. Recipes for Change: How Congregations Can Help Nourish Body and Soul
9. Community Gardening 101: Basics of a Successful Community Garden
10. Community Organizing 101: Skills for Sustaining Projects in Your Congregation or Community
11. How School Food Works: Opportunities for Healthy Local Food in Schools
12. Local Food Councils: Their Purpose and Power
13. Season Extension: Tips for Producing Food in Colder Months

The other two Come to the Table conferences will be the Piedmont Regional Conference 8:30 a.m. – 5:00pm on Feb. 19 at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and the Western Regional Conference on March 15 at Southwestern Community College in Sylva.


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