New Food Future: Building a Crisis-Ready Food System

MACo’s Summer Conference is coming up August 18-21, 2021 and is completely IN-PERSON at the Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Join us for insightful and beneficial sessions focusing on local government issues and priorities.

Courtesy of Future Harvest

Among the many issues brought to light by the COVID-19 pandemic was the need for improvement in our global food system. Supply chains were interrupted, grocery stores were closed, and many panicked and began hoarding supplies. Vulnerable populations in already existing “food deserts” were put at even more of a disadvantage. At MACo’s Summer Conference, we’ll hear from experts and officials who are working to address these fractures in the system to help prepare for any future crises.

New Food Future: Building a Crisis-Ready Food System

At the beginning of the pandemic, many of our region’s food banks struggled to meet sudden high demand while consumers found grocery store shelves empty and staples scarce. Many local farmers, distributors, and aggregators quickly pivoted their operations and kept produce and other food flowing through the region, especially to those in need. But producers are still working with ill-suited infrastructure, skilled labor shortages, erratic weather, and the uncertainty of what the “new normal” poses for their businesses. This session will examine what changes need to be made to build a more resilient, crisis-ready food system.


  • Carrie Stoltzfus, MPH, Executive Director, Food & Friends
  • Deni Taveras, Vice-Chair, Prince George’s County Council (invited)
  • Cheryl DeBerry, Natural Resources Business Specialist, Garrett County
  • Nancy Nunn, Assistant Director, Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology

Moderator: The Honorable Lorig Charkoudian, Maryland State Delegate

Date/Time: Thursday, August 19, 2021; 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm


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