We create a culture of healthy eating through outreach programs that teach people how to grow, use, create, and sell local food.

Quarterly Community Forums

Summit Food Coalition hosts quarterly community forums to inspire and educate residents about issues, opportunities, and current happenings on the local food scene in Summit County.

Past topics have included community gardens, Summit County food deserts, statewide efforts on Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives, mini markets, the work of other coalitions around Ohio, and more.

Growing Hope Education Series

An enthusiastic team of local Summit County residents established the Growing Hope Educational Series in the summer of 2012 to encourage and support our community to grow, preserve and eat healthy foods. The group offered quarterly programs on sustainable gardening and healthy eating to the residents of Northeast Ohio.

The Growing Hope team hosted healthy potlucks, harvest celebrations, hands-on workshops, cooking contests, a film series, a salsa contest, and a 16-site garden tour of Akron community and faith-based gardens. Events were held throughout the city of Akron to encourage the broadest-possible participation.

Growing Hope Food Summits

Summit Food Coalition held two Growing Hope Food Summits, in 2011 and 2013, to address issues facing the community such as equitable access to business start-up opportunities, cooking skills, and urban agriculture. The Summits provided opportunities for Summit County residents to share their hopes and desires for the future of local food. These summits brought together diverse residents to learn, share challenges, and plot paths to tackle the barriers in their neighborhoods. 

Community Garden Tour

In 2013 our Neighborfood and Education teams hosted a community garden tour.  Participants received a map of the garden locations to allow them to navigate to the gardens themselves, and METRO provided a free trolley ride to a selection of the gardens on the tour.