Food Summit 2018

Your Place at the Table: Committing to Food Access on the Palouse

The Palouse-Clearwater Food Summit is an annual event, attracting over 100 area food and farming educators, community members, businesses and food advocates. The 2018 Food Summit, Your Place at the Table: Committing to Food Access on the Palouse, will celebrate successful food access programs on the Palouse.

The 2018 Food Summit, hosted by PalouseClearwater Food Coalition and the Whitman County Food Coalition, will take place Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the View Room at Gladish Community Center (115 NW State St.) in Pullman, Washington.

The Summit will begin with an artistic Photo Voice presentation with the Whitman County Council on Aging and a keynote presentation on “Farming Across the Generations” by Dulce Kersting-Lark from the Latah County Historical Society. Following the keynote will be a series of rapid-fire presentations featuring nine successful food access projects. These Ignite! presentations include: the Kopple Community Gardens in Pullman, Vets on the Farm, Northwest Harvest, a Washington nonprofit food bank distributor, the Pullman Community Action Center’s Commercial Kitchen and Community Foods Project, Halal Meats from Pullman, Moscow’s Safe Routes to Healthy Food summer pilot project, the Pullman School District’s Snack Pantry and Backpack Program, the Albion Food Pantry and Summer Lunch Program, and Runner Bean Ranch from Palouse presenting on “Growing for the Foodbank.”

The main ingredients for lunch, being prepared by Washington State University Catering, will be locally produced products, including lentils and garbanzos from PNW Farmers Co-op and vegetables provided by WSU Organic Farm and LINC Foods from Spokane.

The lunch keynote speaker, Lucinda George-Simpson, will kick off our afternoon with a presentation about the “Traditional Food Ways of the Nez Perce People.” Following the lunch keynote, the Pullman Community Action Center’s Palouse Tables Project will lead an afternoon session using Appreciative Inquiry to identify key ways to improve our community’s access to local food.

The Food Summit will conclude with a children’s artistic presentation, a raffle, and an award ceremony to recognize an Outstanding Local Food Leader for the Palouse-Clearwater region. Community members are encouraged to nominate an Outstanding Local Food Leader when they register for the Summit.

Registration is on a sliding scale and includes a catered lunch. Children and youth may register for a reduced rate. A children’s room will be available onsite. A limited number of need-based scholarships are also available. Please contact to request a scholarship form or visit to download a form.

View our past Food Summit events!


Food Summit 2017 – The Value of Local Food: Community, Culture and Commerce