Governor’s Food Security Council

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Via Zoom

Minutes (Subject to FSC Approval)

Members Present via Zoom:  Dr. Phillip Knight (chair), Lewis Roubal (vice-chair), Patrice Brown, Alex Canepa, Dr. Diane Golzysnki, Michelle Leask, Steffany Muirhead, Dr. Delicia Pruitt, Tammy Rosa, Laurie Solotorow, Wade Syers, Pam Yager, and Jamie Zmitko-Somers

Non-voting Members Present: Sophia Rishar [on behalf of Representative Witwer], Collin Fowler [on behalf of Senator Brinks]

Members Absent: Juan Escareno, Diana Marin, Dawn Medley, Todd Regis

Non-voting Members Absent: Representative Wendzel and Senator Daley

Members via Teleconference: Kim Edsenga and Pam Yager

Public Comment: No public comment.


  • Welcome and Introduction – Dr. Phillip Knight, Chairman of Food Security Council
    1. Meeting called to order at 1:03 p.m. by Lew Roubal


  • Approval of 10-12-21 minutes and 11-9-21 agendaLewis Roubal, Vice-Chair of Food Security Council
    • Motion by Michelle Leask to approve 10-12-21 FSC meeting minutes and the 11-9-21 agenda, supported by Laurie Solotorow. Motion unanimously carried.



  • Presentation on Improving Food and Nutrition Security During COVID-19, the Economic Recovery and Beyond Report, and FSC Q&A – Anand Parekh, M.D. – Bipartisan Policy Center Chief Medical Advisor, Melissa Maitin-Shepard, M.P.P. – Founder and Principal, MMS Health Strategies, LLC, and William Hoagland, M.S. – Bipartisan Policy Center Senior Vice President
    • Presentation:
    • Q&A
      • Diane Golzynski explained that the statewide Community Eligibility Provision [CEP] program plays a large role in the Build Back Better bill [to read more about the bill –]. We need to support transportation and textbooks and will assist in eliminating unpaid school debt.
        • There is interest among many districts for scratch cooking; however, the problem is that the state has designed school kitchens outside of the school. School food funding cannot be used toward scratch cooking.
        • Warming Kitchens – we are providing our kids with: open, heat and serve. We need to do veggies FIRST! And, get away from heat and eat.
      • Lewis Roubal inquired how get more vendors on the retail side for Online – EBT [provide incentives for vendors].
        • The holdup is the startup funding and there are a lot of admin burden that comes into play.
      • Patrice Brown inquired on how to make expansions equitable.
        • Patrice explained that BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, and People of Color] farmers – they would need to become FNS [Food and Nutrition Services] approved in order to accept EBT. They need funding to help them scale up. Urban farming is really growing, especially in Detroit.
      • Delicia Pruitt shared that the donations be made by the school board is an effective solution and hopes to see it happen in the state [slide 19].
      • Phil Knight discussed that Leader Ananich proposed a bill to address lunch shaming / unpaid school meal debt. Dr. Diane Golzynski explained that the bill was proposed before COVID and didn’t go through.
        • Phil Knight will be connecting with Leader Ananich to see if any movement is occurring with the bill.
      • Diane Golzynski explained that the SOM was granted out $500,000 because the state was granted amid COVID, and all students were receiving free lunches due to specific waivers.
      • William Hoagland discussed that improvements in nutrition could reduce Medicaid costs.


  • Discuss survey results from FSC
    • Survey results:
    • Patrice Brown strongly suggested that we include SDoH [Social Determinants of Health].
      • Delicia Pruitt shared that her practice does patient screenings and explained how helpful it would be trigger codes based on SDoH.
    • Patrice Brown inquired about school kitchens and vocational tech training by students and if they could collaborate to provide healthy and nutritious food.
      • Diane Golzynski explained that local school districts are responsible for their kitchens. MDE has some federal funds for equipment but otherwise it is entirely funded and controlled locally.
    • Michelle Leask asked that we lift up recommendation 6 as mentions the support of BIPOC farmers.
      • Be sure to have key terms within the recommendations;
      • Synergy around linking healthcare to the whole system;
      • Prescriptions for health that have been so successful;
      • Quantity vs. quality  nutrition security
    • Phil Knight: How do we create a solution that also addresses equity? We must include equity in our report and language.
    • Dawn Opel shared that the Final Report draft will be distributed among the FSC on 12/17/21.
      • The FSC will review the draft and will come back together to assess in January.
    • Alex Canepa asked that all legislative staffers talk to their boss about what we could provide them with to move forward in their caucuses / committees.


  • Review of next steps and action items
    • Dawn Opel that her team and the FSC will be reviewing and actively editing the draft;
    • The FSC will begin with ‘big picture’ and then shift to substantive;
    • Everyone needs to talk to one another to move toward a consensus;
    • The FSC will receive the Final Report Draft by 12/17/21  Dawn Opel will provide instructions to submit responses;


Remember: Excellence is the product of synergy.


  • Meeting adjourned at 2:57 p.m.


Next full FSC meeting: 1/11/21, 1-3:00 p.m. via Zoom.