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Faith, Food Justice and the Farm Bill: A Forum at the Riverside Church

October 18, 2011

This Sunday, join members of the faith-based food activism community for a free educational event highlighting the crucial role of the faith community in the food justice movement, particularly in reforming national food policy.

The event will answer questions such as:

  • How can faith institutions help combat obesity, hunger, and lack of access to healthy food?
  • How do religious principles suggest how our food system should be reformed?
  • How can religious leaders and their congregants take on corporate agribusiness to shape national food policy?

This forum will provide tools, resources, and opportunities to take action on the federal Farm Bill, the nation’s greatest influence on what eat. The Farm Bill is being taken up by Congress in 2012 – providing faith institutions with an extraordinary opportunity to improve our food system.

In addition to keynote speakers there will be several panels of leading faith and food justice advocates. These esteemed panelists will be outlining the local impacts of the food system on consumers, farmers, food workers, and the environment while discussing solutions that ensure New Yorkers have access to a healthy food diet.

Event details:
Sunday, October 23, 2011
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY
Reception at 1:30 pm – Assembly hall

Please RSVP and register (at no charge) if you will attend this event at:

Speakers and Panelists include:
Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch
Rev. Derrick Boykin, Associate for African American Leadership-Bread for the World
Rev. Richard Witt, Exec Director, Rural Migrant Ministry
Bill Ayres, Co-Founder and Executive Director, WHY Hunger
Karen Washington, President of NYC Community Garden Coalition
Abby Youngblood, Fresh Food For All Program Director-Just Food
Mark Dunlea, Hunger Action Network of NYS
Ana Aguirre, Exec. Director United Community Centers/ East New York Farms
Rabbi Kurland, Director of Educational Resources PURSUE/AJWS
Lisa Sharon Harper, Director of Mobilizing at Sojourners and former Exec. Director New York Faith and Justice.
Rev. Bob Coleman, Riverside Church

Sponsored by Riverside Church and Faith Leaders for Environmental Justice. Co-sponsors include Food & Water Watch, the Hunger Action Network of New York State, Bread for the World, Bronx Health REACH, NYC Coalition Against Hunger, and Interfaith Voices Against Hunger, American Jewish World Service/PURSUE.

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