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“If we want to make sure that our children are neither eating in soup kitchens nor serving soup 20 years from now, what can we do?” — Jan Poppendieck, Sweet Charity? (1999)
In Canada, we continue to fail to provide adequate answers to Poppendieck’s question. Last year, almost 1 million Canadians depended on food banks and meal programs for daily sustenance. And that number is growing.
Please join us on Thurs., Dec. 13 for a webcast conversation between award-winning scholar, author and activist Jan Poppendieck and Nick Saul, President & CEO of Community Food Centres Canada on how we can move beyond the charity hand-out model to a social justice–based approach. Touching on the successes and challenges faced by SNAP, the U.S.’s food stamp program, the health impacts of a food bank diet, the challenges faced by grassroots food security organizations and other topics, this important and timely conversation will draw on Poppendieck and Saul’s combined 50 years’ experience to propose new ways of approaching food, health and poverty.
What: Webinar: In conversation with Jan Poppendieck and Nick Saul
When: Thursday, Dec. 13, 12:00 to 1:00 pm EST
Where: On your computer
How much: Free. Click here to register
Jan Poppendieck is a Professor Emerita of Sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York. and a senior Research Associate at the New York City food Policy Center at the Hunter College School of Public Health. Her primary concerns, both as a scholar and as an activist, have been poverty, hunger, and food assistance in the United States. She is the author of Breadlines Knee Deep in Wheat: Food Assistance in the Great Depression (Rutgers: 1986), Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement (Viking, 1998, Penguin, 1999) and Free For All: Fixing School Food in America, (University of California Press, 2010), which received the 2010 Book of the Year award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society, and articles on hunger, food assistance, and public policy. Jan is a recipient of a 2011 James Beard Foundation leadership award. She serves on the Boards of Directors of WHYHunger?, and Community Food Advocates, and the Advisory Committees of the National Farm to School Network, School Food FOCUS, and Wellness in the Schools. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Woody Goldberg and is the mother of one daughter, Amanda Goldberg.
From 1998 to 2012, CFCC President & CEO Nick Saul oversaw the growth of The Stop from a simple food bank to a Community Food Centre. Nick is a Queen’s Jubilee Award Winner and recipient of the prestigious Jane Jacobs Award (2008) for making Toronto a more livable city. His book, The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, will be published by Random House in March 2013.