Join us in our first year!

The Carolina Food Summit grew out of a collaborative "Gathering for Good" co-sponsored by the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation and EdNC.org. This interactive program focused on childhood hunger, raised important questions about the way school nutrition programs are funded, examined the strategies we use to feed our most vulnerable, and more.

UNC-Chapel Hill's 2015-2017 university-wide academic theme, Food for All, connected with EdNC and the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation following the event and raised the idea of a two-day summit exploring the diversity of issues across our foodways. Interested in expanding its educational component, TerraVitta Food & Drink Festival embraced kicking off its annual event with an engaging conference. The Carolina Food Summit was born.

Southwest Elementary third graders participate in Hub Farm’s “Seed to Belly” program. Photo by Katy Clune via EdNC.org.

Southwest Elementary third graders participate in Hub Farm’s “Seed to Belly” program. Photo by Katy Clune via EdNC.org.

"We want to lift up the voices and stories rarely told, shine a bright light on what is working and what isn't, and ask provocative questions that will drive the conversation forward."Nation Hahn, lead organizer of the Carolina Food Summit
"I'm very passionate about opportunities to work with school food. More so than anything else I do, it allows for large and true change in our food system as long term health, nutrition, and behaviors begin young."Chef Clark Barlowe, speaker
“I welcome all opportunities to reframe the narrative around food to one that is more inclusive and representative of communities of color. . . All people are a rich part of the southern food experience of this country and their voices and stories need to be heard.”—Shorlette Amons, speaker


  1. To explore contemporary food issues in North Carolina with the goal of creating a model statewide food policy.
  2. To celebrate North Carolina’s vital food entrepreneurs and food economy. We have a remarkably rich food community that contributes to our state and our nation. We need to celebrate them, explore their needs, push innovation, and share their gifts with the state, the region, the nation, and the world.
  3. To listen to North Carolina citizens speak about food in their lives: issues, challenges, successes, failures.
  4. Connect those who are doing deep, meaningful work nationally with North Carolinians to inspire and motivate our food community.