Food Justice Week March 23 – 30

Do you eat food? Of course, right? But, do you ever think about what’s in your food or where it came from? Or, who had a part in the production of what we all consume each and every day?

Join Sustainable Carolina and other USC student and community organizations for the 2nd Annual Food Justice Week taking place, Saturday, March 23 – 30. Food Justice Week also coincides with National Farmworkers Awareness Week, which is March 26 – 31. In order to provide a holistic perspective on the intersection of social justice and food production and consumption and to raise awareness of the importance of farmworkers in all of our lives and the horrific conditions they endure on the job, the Sustainable Carolina Community Food Systems and Garden Teams are collaborating with various campus student as well as community organizations to bring Food Justice Week to campus.

Saturday 3/23/2013 – Saturday 3/30/13

 

Saturday 3/23

Carolina Service Council’s Service Saturday “César Chávez Day of Service” Saturday, March 23, 8:30am-1:30pm at Russell House Patio

As part of CSC’s monthly event, March’s Service Saturday will honor César Chávez, founder of the farmworker justice movement, with service at sites related to food (City Roots Urban Farm, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Carolina Community Gardens).

 

Sunday 3/24

USC Chapter of No Kid Hungry’s 2nd Annual 3×3 Benefit Basketball Tournament Sunday, March 24, 2-4pm at Strom

Sign up with a team to play and raise money for Share Our Strength! 100% of the proceeds goes to helping the hungry. $36 per team ($12 per player) and includes a free t-shirt for each member. Non-USC students must pay a $5 admission fee on-site and require a USC student sponsor. 1 USC student can sponsor up to 2 non-USC students. ONE payment and registration per team.

All payments must be received by March 23rd in order to play.

TO REGISTER & PAY:

http://elizajoy12.wix.com/uscnkh

 

Monday 3/25

Sustainable Carolina’s “Wild Edibles Walk” with permaculturist Matt Kip Monday, March 25, 5:30-6:30pm at Cayce River Walk

Before there were supermarkets, or even farms, there were foragers. Come join Sustainable Carolina and Columbia permaculturist, Matt Kip, for a walk through the woods along the Congaree River as we identify and sample some of the overlooked, nutritious and often delicious species growing there.

A shuttle will be provided from campus at 5:15pm from the Green (West) Quad for students without transportation.

 

Compassion for Animals’ Vegan Cooking Demonstration Monday, March 25, 7-8pm at Honors Dorm 1st Floor Kitchen

Want to know more about veganism? Join the USC animal rights group for a cooking demonstration of a delicious vegan meal.

 

Voluntary Fast Monday 9pm-Tuesday 7pm

Experience a taste of the hunger that many people face every day. This fast is time to reflect on how less fortunate people lack even the most basic need of nutrition. The fast will end at 7pm with the Oxfam Hunger Banquet at the Russell House Ballroom.

 

Tuesday 3/26

Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market Tuesday, March 26, 10am-2pm on Greene St.

Come out to Greene Street and find local produce, dairy, baked goods and more! Supporting local and organic agriculture is a key component of food justice. The weekly campus Farmers Market will this week have tables by Sustainable Carolina, No Kid Hungry and Compassion for Animals pertaining to food justice.

 

Real Gamecocks use Real Plates campaign pledging Tuesday, March 26, 11am-1pm in Grand Market Place

Real Gamecocks use Real Plates is the campaign to encourage students to eat on real china plates when dining in on campus! Take the initiative and ask the server to give you a real plate instead of a paper plate to reduce waste going to landfills when you choose the sustainable option of a real plate. By signing the pledge students are entered to win a Real Gamecocks use Real Plates t-shirt.

 

Carolina Service Council’s Oxfam Hunger Banquet Tuesday, March 26, 7pm in Russell House Ballroom

This banquet is held to raise awareness and concern about world hunger and poverty, and to show what Oxfam America is doing to help people and communities all over the world. Attendees will be broken up into lower, middle, and upper classes and will receive food based on their classifications. Come out and see the drastic levels of differences between income tiers and what people have (or don’t have) to eat on a day-to-day basis.

 

Wednesday 3/27

Real Gamecocks use Real Plates campaign pledging Wednesday, March 27, 11am-1pm in Grand Market Place

Real Gamecocks use Real Plates is the campaign to encourage students to eat on real china plates when dining in on campus! Take the initiative and ask the server to give you a real plate instead of a paper plate to reduce waste going to landfills when you choose the sustainable option of a real plate. By signing the pledge students are entered to win a Real Gamecocks use Real Plates t-shirt.

 

 

Students Associated with Latin America’s Harvest of Dignity documentary screening Wednesday, March 27 8-9pm in South Quad

The film focuses on the lives and work of farm workers in North Carolina, providing an in-depth portrait of the people who harvest our food today. It combines interviews with North Carolina farm workers, advocates, faith leaders and educators, documentary photos and interviews collected by Student Action with Farmworkers interns and clips from the original Harvest of Shame documentary. This event is part of Food Justice Week and the National Farmworkers Awareness Week, brought to campus by Sustainable Carolina and Students Associated for Latin America (SALA)

 

Thursday 3/28

Sustainable Carolina and Sustainable Midland’s FRESH screening Thursday, March 28, 7-9pm at City Roots Urban Farm

Sustainable Carolina’s Garden Team will be partnering with Sustainable Midlands’ “Spring Green Movies Series” to screen the documentary FRESH. The 72-minute film “celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet”. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion from local food experts. A shuttle will be provided from campus at 6:45pm from the Green (West) Quad for students without transportation.

Friday 3/29

Center for Research on Nutrition and Health Disparities’ Healthy Eating in Context Symposium Thursday, March 28, 8:30am-4pm at Columbia Convention Center

The Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities has teamed up with the Environment and Sustainability Program to host the symposium. The morning will begin with keynote speaker, Dr. Mariana Chilton, Associate Professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health and Director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities, and follow with oral and poster presentations. The event is expected to start around 8:30am and end by 4:00pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For full information on the symposium, please see: http://nutritioncenter.sph.sc.edu/symposium.shtml

 

Saturday 3/30

Sustainable Carolina’s Service Opportunity Saturday, March 30, 10am-12noon at Lyon Street Community Garden

Spend the morning helping residents of Gonzalez Gardens and Lyon Street install their own new garden located at the corner of Gervais and McDuffie Streets. Contact Malte Weiland with Sustainable Carolina for more details atweiland@fmc.sc.edu.

 

Sustainable Carolina — http://www.sc.edu/green/

No Kid Hungry: USC Chapter — https://www.facebook.com/groups/NoKidHungryUSC/

Healthy Carolina — http://www.sa.sc.edu/healthycarolina/

Compassion for Animals — https://www.facebook.com/setausc

Carolina Service Council — http://www.sa.sc.edu/communityservice/servicesat/

Students Associated for Latin America — https://www.facebook.com/pages/SALA-at-USC/215934888434789

Sustainable Midlands — http://www.sustainablemidlands.org

Center for Research on Nutrition and Health Disparities — http://nutritioncenter.sph.sc.edu/symposium.shtml

Renee’ LeBouef

Sustainable Carolina
Graduate Assistant, Marketing Communications
University of South Carolina
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