We educate partners, stakeholders, and community members on emerging issues, opportunities, and active local work.


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.

Food Day Celebration: Summit County Eats

  • In 2017, Summit Food Coalition will be hosting Summit County Eats in celebration of Food Day, to celebrate food, teach a few skills, and provide information on every day actions everyone can take to not only improve their personal health, but to support the local food economy, and influence policy decisions.  Mark your calendars for October 21 from 10am-4pm and plan to join us!

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.