Food Justice Presentation in Savannah!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 | Comments Off on Food Justice Presentation in Savannah!

December 10th , 2019 brought your City Schoolyard Garden and Charlottesville Food Justice Network team members to Savannah, GA for the Community Food Systems Conference as key workshop presenters during the 2-day summit.

Our diverse team of 3 youth food justice interns from Charlottesville High School, Grace King, Emmanuel Quezada-Romero, and Amyah Limbacher, alongside mother and community food justice advocate Tamara Wright with her children Legend and Jayleana held an engaging workshop on defining food justice within each sector of our community food system. After giving an overview of our organization’s food justice programming, their session invited participants to reflect on their personal knowledge of unfairness that occurs and how we can create paths for equity to shine through within each sector. As a group we moved around the room and held discussions about production, transportation, processing, distribution, consumption, waste and recycling. Participants were allowed to share personal stories from their own communities or work they’re engaged in.

In addition to our youth and community workshop, CFJN planning team members Rebecca Schmidt, Jeanette Abi-Nader, Brooke Ray, and Shantell Bingham, held a powerful presentation and panel on the City’s Food Equity Initiative. The presentation walked the audience through our city’s journey to create its first appropriation bill focused on food equity, and the impacts of such work. This journey started with champions from the Thomas Jefferson Health Department working in collaboration with city council to uplift non-profit leadership and community voices through the Food Justice Network and ended with the foundations of multi-sector collaboration with city departments, residents, and non-profit leaders. Many participants of this session were inspired by the work occurring in our city and look forward to taking our lessons learned to their own localities.

Without a doubt, our Charlottesville team gave a national audience something to think about as it relates to building equitable and just food movements across age, race, class, and educational backgrounds.