Norwalk Community College Food Justice Program

  • Location
    Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Status
  • Age Level
    14 to 18 Years
    19 to 25 Years
    26 and Over

The Problem

The Food Justice Movement is a grassroots initiative emerging from communities in response to food insecurity and economic pressures that prevent access to healthy, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods.

Our Plan

Host a panel discussion that highlights NCC Food Pantry, a local farmer, a local food activist and a local environmental attorney all with the shared goal of food justice and education.

Themes Addressed

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    Food Insecurity
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    Poverty & Equity

The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

Fantastic! The first in-personal event at the college since COVID, we had a max of 30 allowed in the auditorium with social distancing and another13 logged in remotely. We heard a presentation from 5 panelists including the NCC food pantry coordinator, Food Rescue US and Wholesome Food. Some of the participants were so inspired, they are now volunteering for these organizations.

Through this project I/we learned:

That 13.7 million households in the US are food insecure and some of these are students at NCC.

What I/we might change:

If we don't have to worry about COVID I would like to have more interaction between participants by having breakout groups.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

Hearing about the various organizations and how they help people who are food insecure.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

Use an online (free) sign up system to help you keep track of participants-- PLUS you have contact information for future events.

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