Conference at Free Library will address food insecurity

Good Food For All conference
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — An important issue takes center stage next week at Parkway Central Library.

The Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center is hosting the fifth annual Good Food For All conference on May 9, hoping to open up a conversation about food insecurity in Philadelphia. 

Participants can partake in conversations, food demos, yoga and more.  

"We'll be bringing together everyone who is both facing and fighting food insecurity here in Philadelphia for a gathering that builds skills and community and knowledge around this very important topic," said Suzanna Urminska, coordinator for the Culinary Literacy Center.

In all, there will be 12 sessions and a keynote address by food advocate and chef Neftali Duran.

"It's about learning about all the different skills and resources that we have at our disposal here in Philadelphia to really improve food access," she explained.

Urminska believes the biggest issue when it comes to food insecurity is the lack of a safety net.

"It's something that can happen to anyone," she added, "when the rug is pulled out from underneath you."

If you live or work in Philadelphia, chances are some of those around you may be facing food insecurity, Urminska said, and you probably don't even know it.

"It's very common, and actually the stats show that the rate of hunger is increasing in Philadelphia," she said. "There's work that we all need to be doing to get on the same page."

Tickets, which can be found here, are being sold on a sliding scale to make it possible for all to attend. 

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