Detroit Food 2019: Infrastructure & Innovation Annual Summit @ Benson and Edith Ford Conference Center - College for Creative Studies
Mar 7 – Mar 8 all-day


Detroit Food 2019 will be the 9th annual Detroit Food Summit held by DFPC. DFPC hosts this annual conference to increase awareness about our food system, and develop strategies for building a healthier food system in Detroit. Detroit Food brings together community members, food industry workers, advocates, researchers and policy makers.

Become a Sponsor

Businesses looking for creative and engaging ways to make a difference in the lives of Detroit community members are invited to partners with DFPC (Detroit Food Policy Council) to create a powerful community impact. Sponsors are invited to participle in Detroit Food 2019 to help to provide community education and raise awareness about the local food system.

For more information about our sponsorship opportunities see our Sponsorship Package and Community Giving Package, or contact Kibibi Blount-Dorn at

Propose a Workshop

We are currently accepting workshop proposals for Detroit Food 2019. To propose a workshop fill out the Request for Proposals. The deadline for Workshop Proposals is extended to Friday, January 18.


Register Now
We offer a range of registration rates of $30 – $160 so that the conference can be accessible to as many people as possible. This year, in an effort to maintain accessibility for community members to attend the Detroit Food Summit, we are maintaining last year’s registration rates. Please support Detroit Food 2019 by giving as generously as possible with your registration contribution. The true expense of Detroit Food 2019 is $150 per person. We will consider the registration amount you pay in excess of $150 as a tax-deductible gift to Detroit Food Policy Council. Detroit Food 2019 does not offer group rates. Please pay the registration contribution that you can afford for each of your participants. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Friends of the Detroit Food Policy Council receive a discounted registration to Detroit Food 2019. New members who join by Friday, February 22 will receive a discount code that can be used for the Standard Registration.

Early Bird (until February 17) $115
Advocate $160
Standard $130
Friends of DFPC $105*
Senior/Student $60
Youth $30


Volunteers who complete a total of four (4) volunteer hours will have the registration fee for Detroit Food 2018 waived.  Once 4 hours have been signed up for please allow 48 hours to receive the code to waive your registration fee. Volunteer shifts will be posted on the registration site January 25.

Doing Our Own Work: An Anti-Racism Seminar for White People
Mar 8 – Mar 9 all-day

March 8 & 9, and April 5 & 6, and May 10 & 11, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“At this time in our nation, we are witnessing an alarming resurgence of white supremacy and state sanctioned violence. It is imperative that those of us who are white do the deep work required to claim and embody an anti-racist identity, understand the privilege we carry, and interrupt racism where we live, work, study, and volunteer.

Doing Our Own Work helps white people move through places where we often get stuck, so that we can step up with courage, humility, and compassion to participate in movements led by people of color and help move other white people to greater anti-racist awareness and action.

Enrollment is limited to 20 people to facilitate in-depth reflection, dialogue, and community.”

Learn more:

Empty Bowls Detroit Eastern Market 2019 @ Eastern Market Shed 5
Mar 8 @ 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm

The event will be held at Shed 5 in Eastern Market where attendees will enjoy strolling about and sampling homemade soups, bread, cheese,beer, wine and dessert donated by local businesses all while listening to music played by Detroit musicians. In addition, everyone will receive a hand-painted bowl of their choosing as a reminder that Someone’s Bowl is Always Empty. This is a 21 and over event.

Join us in Ending Hunger One Bowl At A Time while raising money and awareness for the food program at Cass Community Social Services

The participating businesses and sponsors for the 2019 event will be announced in January 2019

Please email us at for additional information

Sponsorship Opportunities Available please click link below for additional information