Food Justice Panel Discussion - Growing Community through Food

Date & Time:
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 1:15 p.m.

Food justice has emerged as a lively area for interdisciplinary research while simultaneously inspiring social movements and local community projects and organizations. We are honored and excited to host a panel discussion with members of three community-based organizations aimed doing work to account for and address inequities to food access in the East Bay Area.  Our guests will share stories of how their projects came to be and offer insights into their successes, challenges and journeys.  Speakers include Ray Harts, founder of Healthy Hearts Institute, a nonprofit designed to empower individual and community transformation through health and wellness programs, including a community garden and urban farm in the El Pueblo Housing Development in Pittsburg, CA; Lauren Ornelas, founder and director of the Food Empowerment Project, whose organization aims to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one's food choice, and is currently collaborating with Saint Mary’s faculty and Pittsburg community members to survey the access to healthy foods in their city; and Jasmine Cisneros, the Community Outreach Specialist for the Los Medanos Community Healthcare District, and director of the Ambrose Community Garden in Bay Point, CA.