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Food First and La Pena Panel Discussion: Ensuring Food Access

Thursday | September 24, 2015 | 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm

La Peña Cultural Center | 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705

Ensuring food access while transforming the food system in the East Bay: a panel discussion with the Alameda County Food Bank, Peoples Community Market, and Food Not Bombs

Access to food—good, safe, nutritious food—is a human right. But while eaters with disposable income can “vote with their fork,” low-income families in underserved communities struggle to access fresh, healthy food, or to obtain any food at all. Food banks have stepped up to provide solutions, but are unable to keep up with the increasing food insecurity population. Community sustainable agricultural initiatives bring fresh and healthy food into underserved “food deserts” but struggle to find land and meet their bottom lines. Food giveaways are often criminalized.

How can we ensure food security for all—with healthy food—and at the same time change the system of inequalities that leaves 50 million hungry people here, in the economically wealthiest nation on earth? Do some solutions undermine others? Can we strategize and coordinate our efforts?

Shanti Prasad from Alameda County Community Food Bank, Lydia Gans from Food not Bombs and Brahm Ahmadi from People’s Community Market

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