The public is invited to a “Food for Thought” gathering Sept. 9 in Mount Shasta to discuss food and nutrition, fighting hunger in Siskiyou County, and working together to strengthen existing networks.

Sponsored by the Ford Institute For Community Building, the event is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be followed by optional festivities from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Upper Lodge at Mt. Shasta City Park.

The community festival will feature live music and an ice cream social.

State representatives are scheduled to speak, and food assistance programs will be discussed and how to make them more effective, according to information from the Ford Institute For Community Building.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of agency staff and collect handouts from current food programs.

Food for Thought schedule

9:30 a.m. – Check-in and breakfast

10 a.m. – Welcome

10:20 a.m. – Guest speaker

11 a.m. – Break

11:10 a.m. – Community panelists

12:15 p.m. – Lunch

1 p.m. – Energizer

1:10 p.m. – Afternoon activity

2:30 p.m. – Group share out

2:45 p.m. – Reflections

3 p.m. – Resource Roundup and Community Festival

Lunch, childcare and kid activities will all be provided for free. Space is limited, and participants must be registered by Friday, Sept. 1.

Register online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Siskiyou2017