Come to the Table 2019 Conference


MARCH 12-13, 2019

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church   | Charlotte, NC


We invite faith leaders and laypeople, hunger relief advocates, farmers, farm workers, community organizers, community gardeners, food council members, extension agents and others to join us next March to examine the root causes of hunger and collaborate to build a more just food system. At the 2019 Come to the Table Conference, we hope to energize attendees to go back to their communities with the knowledge to challenge the systemic nature of hunger and the skills and connections to grow structures that are based in justice. The 2019 Conference will:

  • Share resources, tools & knowledge to support attendees in being effective community organizers for a more just food system
  • Provide space for the knowledge and wisdom in the room to be shared and for us all to learn together
  • Provide space for people to connect with each other and build relationships that will sustain and support their work

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Monica White, author of Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement

Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director of Food First 

Workshop Tracks

Addressing Hunger
Community Agriculture
Economic and Labor Justice
Environmental Justice
Faith, Food, and Justice
Food Policy Advocacy
Healing and Wellness
Movement Building
Racial Equity
Resources for Farmers
Working Together in Community
Youth-Led Change

Conference Schedule

March 12th

9:00amConference registration opens
10:00am – 10:30amWelcome, Opening
10:30am – 11:00amKeynote #1
11:15am – 12:30pmWorkshop #1
12:30pm – 1:30pmLunch
1:30pm – 4:30pmExtended Workshops
4:30pm – 5:00pmExhibitors

March 13th
9:00am – 9:15amOpening
9:15am – 9:45amKeynote #2
9:45am – 10:00amBreak
10:00am – 11:15amWorkshop #2
11:30am – 12:00pmBreak, Networking, Exhibitors
12:00pm – 1:00pmLunch
1:00pm – 2:15pmWorkshop #3
2:30pm – 2:45pm Break
2:45pm – 4:00pmWorkshop #4
4:15pm – 4:30pmClosing

Since 2007, the Come to the Table Conference has been holding biennial conferences to convene persons of faith, farmers and community leaders to come together around issues of food access in their communities. Previous conference themes have included Bridging Divides: Cultivating Food & Faith Connections (2017) and Head, Heart, Hands (2015).