NCJW Brings Food Justice to Life

Yesterday evening, Liberty's Kitchen within the ReFresh Project played host to the latest in a series of lectures orchestrated by the National Council of Jewish Women New Orleans chapter. The talks, entitled Moving the Ball Forward, explore varying social justice concerns.

Last night's gathering, "Addressing Nutrition, Health, and Equity in New Orleans," generated discussion on my favorite subject: food justice!  The event featured a panel of four experts in varying arenas of food and nutrition:
Each panelist responded to a series of questions with their own unique vantage points on the questions at hand.  I live-tweeted the event, and share those tweets with you now.  Enjoy!
Todd states that we must look at all social determinants of health and their connection to .

 . Partridge sees their work as bringing food access and therefore to underserved communities.

We must challenge the system that creates disparities in - Krupa of  

"They're so excited about vegetables. We have kids ask for double helpings... because they grew it." Partridge of  
was cut across the board a few years back; it used to be bipartisan and is now political. We must debunk the myths.

We need a one-pager on why cutting is bad for all. Personal stories may or may not be best - $ talks.

For every $5 spent on fresh produce at with , you get a matching voucher. Amazing!  

Question: are people having trouble getting because applications are online only? is helping.  

Panelists agree: it's so important that we all talk about and educate others about and access issues.  

Challenge in : in the midst of laudable progress, many PEOPLE have fallen by the wayside.  

Boudreaux: we must look at ourselves from within, not from the outside. Are we taking care of our own?  

"It's expensive to be poor" - Krupa of .  

Without job growth people will never break free from the poverty cycle in . There must be jobs for all. -Todd  

Partridge: with each neighborhood improvement, fear of rising prices grows (and comes, and pushes out).  

The "vibrant culinary scene" in is geared toward a certain population - good "ethnic" food is in the suburbs. -Krupa  

Changing gas prices, climate changes are causing higher prices. Bell peppers can't be 20 cents anymore. -Boudreaux  

I would love to pay my people a but I can't afford to due to high food costs. -Boudreaux,  

Kids who have no breakfast at all are more likely to be obese than kids who eat at home AND at school. -Todd,  

. Nola is currently running a Passover food drive - there's a box at Refresh, 300 Broad.  

Partridge: it feels like we work in pockets but our work is connected. Let's work more together.  

Boudreaux: it's great for us to have these conversations, but we need to talk to the stakeholders too.  
It was a good conversation, and I particularly appreciate that Boudreaux brought it back to the stakeholders in the end.  All too often, those with the best of intentions forget to ask what kind of help people actually want and need.  I hope to have a guest blog post from her soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

It is additionally worth noting that the food for the evening, catered by Liberty's Kitchen, was entirely vegan and delicious.  Their grilled vegetable platter is positively fantastic.  Keep them in mind for your next event! 

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