STOCKTON — Community leaders and professionals working to increase food access in San Joaquin County met Thursday morning for the Healthy and Hunger Free Summit.
The summit, which is presented by the Hunger Task Force of San Joaquin, brings advocates together to identify projects to fight hunger and increase access to healthy foods. Among the organizations and groups in attendance were the Emergency Food Bank, the Taft Community Center, Catholic Charities and the San Joaquin County Public Health Services.
Karen Ross, state secretary of the Department of Food and Agriculture, was this year’s keynote speaker, and she highlighted some of the projects and programs handled by her office, including the Farm to Fork program that’s intended to support farm to school programs, reduce food insecurity and ensure access to healthy foods. The goal for Ross, she said, was to explain what the Department of Food and…