Foodbanks are still relatively new in the UK compared to the North American context. Their rapid growth and institutionalisation as welfare providers generates significant questions about the future of the welfare state, the limits of food charity, and the contradictory role the state, corporations, civil society, and local communities play in addressing hunger and poverty.
Sponsored by Independent Food Aid Network. With Tara Osman, North Paddington Food Bank; Dr. Andrew Williams, Cardiff University; Mohammed Mamdani, Sufra Food Bank; Chris Sunderland, Real Economy
Sponsored by University of Huddersfield. With Chris Moeller, University of Huddersfield and Maddy Power, University of York
With Hannah Lambie Mumford, author of Hungry Britain: The Rise of Food Charity
Big Hunger book talk and signing at Goodman Library, 149 Waubesa Street, Madison WI. Sponsored by Family Farm Defenders
Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, Sewell Social Sciences Building Room 8417. Madison WI.
University of Illinois- Chicago, Great Cities Institute, 412 S Peoria St #400, Chicago, IL 60607. Co-sponsored by UIC Dept of Urban Planning and Policy.
L.A. Kitchen is proud to present a panel discussion on Andy Fisher’s new book "Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups." How are we doing as a country in eliminating hunger? Who benefits from the $100 billion federal food program dollars spent every year?
Event will be moderated by L.A. Kitchen’s Founder & CEO Robert Egger with panel, including Clare Fox from L.A. Food Policy Council and Joann Lo from Food Chain Worker’s Alliance. Space for this event is limited. Please RSVP.
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About Food Forward
Food Forward rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same. Food Forward collects fresh fruits and vegetables that would normally go to waste from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. 100% of the produce the organization recovers is donated to hunger relief agencies across 8 counties in Southern California.
About Hunger Action LA
Hunger Action Los Angeles (HALA) works to end hunger and promote healthy eating through advocacy, direct service, and organizing.
About the Santa Monica Farmers Markets
The Santa Monica Farmers Markets are committed to promoting healthful eating and sustainable agriculture in California by providing fresh agricultural products from small farms to urban customers, thereby building community and preserving California farmland.
Author Andy Fisher presents a talk and slide show about his book Big Hunger, followed by a discussion and book signing.
The talk will center on how the connections between Big Food and anti-hunger groups have diminished our collective ability to end hunger while causing damage to the dignity and health of low income Americans.
It will cover such topics as the effectiveness of food banks, whether soda should be allowed to be purchased through the SNAP program, and how the very term "hunger" leads us toward superficial approaches.
The presentation discusses the rapidly changing anti-hunger field, identifying innovative community-based models.
Andy Fisher, Adjunct Instructor, Portland State University School of Public Health, will give a talk on his new book, Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups (MIT Press).
Jan Poppendieck, senior faculty fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and author of Sweet Charity, will moderate a discussion with respondents Toni Liquori, founder and executive director of School Food Focus, and Greg Silverman, executive director of West Side Campaign Against Hunger.
Join Seward Co-op, Appetite for Change and Isuroon for an evening with Andy Fisher, author of “Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups.” Come early for dinner and drinks—a full menu will be available at the Seward Co-op Creamery Café. At 7 p.m. Fisher will talk about his ground-breaking work and sign copies of his book.
The 2016 election reminded us of the depth of economic insecurity across America, and of the political implications that come from ignoring this populist angst. The decline of Rust Belt communities since the 1980s has been paralleled by the rapid growth of food banks. Instead of challenging the government and corporations to provide living wages and good jobs, to support unions and oppose globalization, the anti-hunger movement has instead built alliances with Walmart, Tyson, and Monsanto, among other socially irresponsible companies. Big Hunger reveals the damage caused by this hunger-industrial complex, and offers a new vision for the anti-hunger movement to eliminate hunger through a focus on health, economic justice and local economies.
Dinner Service available from 6-7 p.m.
Drink Service available from 6-8 p.m.
Food banks and food pantries have proliferated in response to an economic emergency. The loss of manufacturing jobs combined with the recession of the early 1980s and Reagan administration cutbacks in federal programs led to an explosion in the growth of food charity. This was meant to be a stopgap measure, but the jobs never came back, and the “emergency food system” became an industry. In Big Hunger, Andrew Fisher takes a critical look at the business of hunger and offers a new vision for the anti-hunger movement.
Author Reading and Book Signing
Andrew Fisher, a veteran of over 25 years in anti-hunger activism, presents an important critique of the current state of our country’s “emergency food system.” Meant to be a stopgap measure, food banks and pantries have now become an industry. In his book, Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups (MIT Press), he argues that anti-hunger advocates are missing an essential element of the problem: economic inequality driven by low wages. He takes a critical look at the business of hunger and offers a new vision for the anti-hunger movement. www.bighunger.org
Big Hunger: Food System Solutions
Join us at this luncheon with keynote speaker Andy Fisher and stakeholder panel presentation.
Mr. Fisher is one of the founders of the community food security movement in the U.S. He will share perspectives from his new book titled Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-hunger groups that explores the nexus of anti-hunger efforts and longer term solutions to address food access.
The gathering will convene food system stakeholders to benchmark food access work to address hunger in reference to the Skagit Food for Skagit People listening session findings and establish an inventory of current efforts.
All key players in the food system are welcome and invited to collaborate: eaters, growers, processors, waste management, consumers, anti-hunger advocates, and government food programs and distribution staff.