Lunch | Campaign Action Sessions

Campaign Action Sessions

Group A*: 12:55pm - 1:40pm

Group B*: 1:55pm - 2:40pm

Campaign Action Sessions are 45-minute sessions that will introduce attendees to a current campaign or proposed action around a specific policy or initiative. Participants will walk away with a clear understanding of the issue and a concrete next-step they can take to support the campaign or get further involved beyond the Just Food Conference.  

Each Campaign Action Session will be offered twice, back-to-back, during the lunch period. Conference attendees with a "Group A" assignment on their namebadge will attend a Campaign Action Session from 12:55-1:40pm, while "Group B" attends lunch. Attendees in "Group B" will attend a Campaign Action Session from 1:55-2:40pm, while "Group A" attends lunch. 


This Land Is Our Land: Keeping NYC's Vibrant Growing Spaces

Room: HM 150

Community land stewards from across the boroughs will present their land access struggles and successes. You will learn about farms and gardens that need our help now and those that have been recently permanently preserved via land trusts or conveyance to the NYC Parks Department. The session is organized and facilitated by 596 Acres, NYC's Community Land Access Advocates.

Speakers: Mara Kravitz, 596 Acresplus farmers and gardeners 


Empowering Youth Leaders in the Food Justice Movement

Room: HM 138 

This interactive session will showcase the work of youth food systems leaders from various organizations. Led by youth from the Youth Food Justice Network, the session will give youth an opportunity to get to know each other,  learn about a model used to develop youth leaders, and hear stories from youth about how they became leaders in food justice work.

Speakers: Various Members of the Northeast Youth Food Justice Network


The Good Food Purchasing Program: Collaboration to create Just and Fair Food Purchasing in the Public Sector

Room: HM 433

This workshop is intended to raise awareness about social values in institutional food procurement. It is also intended to build support for the local NYC campaign. Lastly, this is a model that is being used around the country.

SpeakersDiana Robinson, Campaign & Education Coordinator, Food Chain Workers Alliance; Suzanne McMillian, Content Director, ASPCA


Developing New York State Elected Officals to Champion around the Farm Bill

Room: HM 431

The Farm Bill is an important piece of federal legislation that impacts how the food we eat is grown and produced. Every 5 years, it expires and a new one needs to be debated and developed by Congress and signed into law by the the President. New York State has two members of Congress in critical agriculture committees that help inform the Farm Bill. This is the time to start building solidarity between the urban and rural on food and farm issues and strategizing to engage with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. John Faso. This session will provide a brief overview of the Farm Bill, past grassroots action in the city, and ways for folks to begin engaging with elected officials and strategizing with rural partners with a national policy lens.

Speakers:  Marla Lavarre, Grassroots Advocacy Director, NSAC; Andrew Bahrenburg, National Policy Director, National Young Farmers Coalition


Lunch 4 Learning: ending the poverty stigma in our school cafeterias

Room: HM 140 

This workshop will allow youth leaders to present and discuss their advocacy work, discuss the importance of this campaign as an equity issue, and share with participants opportunities to engage with the campaign and help push for this policy change.

Speakers: Youth Justice League



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