Food Pantries for the Capital District’s 2019 Food Summit at The Sage Colleges

The Sage Colleges will host the Food Pantries for the Capital District’s 2019 Food Summit on Wednesday, June 5, at the Armory at Sage, 140 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, New York, 12208. More than 400 stakeholders from community organizations, higher education, government and business are expected to attend.

“As the only local college that offers a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science, Sage is a resource for the diverse community and government programs collaborating to improve nutrition and health for individuals and groups, especially underserved populations,” said Eileen FitzPatrick, DrPH, MPH, RD, chair of Nutrition Science at The Sage Colleges and board member of the Food Pantries for the Capital District, of Sage’s leadership role in the food summit.

The daylong event begins at 9:30 a.m. and will include food-focused TED Talks – or FED Talks – as well as presentations, workshops and panel discussions on collaboration, technology to support food security, new models of food assistance programs and more.

John Bennett, M.D., president and CEO, CDPHP, and trustee, The Sage Colleges, will deliver the keynote address at 11 a.m.

Sage’s Eileen FitzPatrick will present on how nutrition impacts socioeconomic disparities and facilitate a panel discussion with local leaders of community-based nutrition programs. Sonya Hauser, Ph.D., associate professor, Nutrition Science, The Sage Colleges, will facilitate a panel discussion on social entrepreneurship and other pioneering practices in food security models. Kathy Lanni, chief community officer, SEFCU; and Susan Zimet, special assistant to the governor, food and anti-hunger policy coordinator, are also among the presenters, facilitators and panelists.

The Food Summit is free to attend, but registration is requested. Visit for more information.

Under Eileen FitzPatrick’s leadership, Sage’s Nutrition Science department has worked to increase community partnerships. FitzPatrick involves students in her work helping food pantries market more nutritious food to patrons, and faculty and students have also worked with the American Heart Association’s BetterU program, Capital Roots and more. “I am so proud that the Nutrition Science department can support better nutrition for the Capital District residents,” said FitzPatrick. “We look forward to future collaborations.”

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