I'll be hosting workshops, signing books and speaking at this important conference. Hope to see you there!
Author meet and great • Saturday, 9:45am –11:45am
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.
The MIT Press Bookstore and Project Bread present anti-hunger activist Andrew Fisher discussing his book Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups, at 6:00 pm on Monday, May 1, at the Bookstore.
Join us in The KITCHEN for a book signing and discussion about the core issues in the book with Andy Fisher.
Cocktail Hour & Author Reception 5pm
Author Talk & Book Signing 6pm
Join Project Bread for the exclusive launch and signing of anti-hunger activist Andy Fisher's new book, Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups, at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 at St. Paul's Cathedral.