Connecting, Strengthening and Scaling Food Supply Chains in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region

Jamie Purcell

CHA CARES

My career has centered around upward mobility from poverty. This work became centered on food and food justice 12 years ago. I’ve built a grassroots organization from an idea at a kitchen table that focused on creating a local food system to alleviate hunger. The main program was a weekend food bag program from kids but the lack of local food available for the bags led to expanding our work to encompass all aspects of local food production: composting, seed library, community gardens, farmer’s markets, food rescue, and a shared use kitchen.

My current role in the them team is focused on shared use kitchens and how they can help give micro-food businesses opportunity to start, and grow.
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