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Aging Intersections: A Funder Network | Conversation about Older Adults, Food Security, and Equity

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
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Access to healthy food and adequate nutrition is an increasing struggle for low-income older adults. Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, millions of older Americans were already facing food insecurity, populations who are disproportionately older people of color. 

In the second virtual meeting hosted by Aging Intersections: A Funder Network, we will examine the intensifying issue of food insecurity among older adults in Northern California. Within the context of COVID-19, short- and long-term funding opportunities and policy implications – to equitably improve food security among older adults – will be discussed among regional leaders. 

Join us to learn about:

  • Issues impacting food security among older adults in Northern California.
  • Short-term and long-term funding opportunities and policy implications within the context of COVID-19 and beyond that can equitably improve food security among older adults (as a public or private funder).
  • A new resource, Aging Intersections: A Funder Network.

Aging Intersections: A Funder Network provides opportunities for funders to actively learn, express challenges, and develop collective solutions, on a variety of issues that intersect and impact older adults through quarterly learning events. People who participate in Aging Intersections learning events represent organizations with financial resources that are or may be directed to addressing a myriad of issues that impact older adults. Participants may represent public and private foundations, public offices and agencies, corporations, etc. 

More information about Aging Intersections: A Funder Network can be found here


Gary Lau, Senior Program Coordinator, San Francisco/Marin Food Bank

Gary Lau joined the Food Bank in 2016. Gary collaborates with community partners ranging from schools, clinics, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations in creating programming that addresses food insecurity. Gary oversees the Food Bank’s information and referral systems. He also leads efforts in creating accessible and participant-centered programming. 



Kameron Mims-Jones, MSW, Policy Advocate, California Food Policy Advocates

Kameron is a member of the CalFresh team, whose work is focused on implementing policies to improve access and participation. She is a passionate advocate for policies that promote social and economic justice for historically marginalized individuals and communities. Kameron received her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work and joined the staff in 2019.



Wendy Todd, Wendy Todd Consulting (moderator)

Wendy Todd is an independent consultant who helps mission-driven organizations learn, strategize, and make change. Wendy’s expertise is in gathering and synthesizing information to facilitate data-driven decision-making. In addition, Wendy is known for successfully facilitating cross-sector collaborations to advance social change.



Shirin Vakharia, Director for Health and Aging, Marin Community Foundation

Shirin Vakharia serves as a program director for Health and Aging at the Marin Community Foundation. To this role, Shirin brings 20 years of experience in human services and public health in both community- based settings and the public sector.  

Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Vakharia worked for Napa County Health and Human Services Agency as the Prevention Coordinator. In this role she planned and oversaw substance abuse prevention, tobacco control, HIV and mental health programs.

She has a Masters of Arts in Community Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati

Target Audience

This program is open to NCG members and non-member funders.


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