October Events for the Food Policy Enthusiast

by Deirdre Appel
food policy

The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center has compiled a list of upcoming virtual events in October to keep you engaged and up to date on the latest discussions about food policy. If you have an event you would like to add to our list, please email us at [email protected] 

Racism in the Value Chain of Food and Agriculture
Organized By: PennState Extension
When: Wednesday, October 7th, 12PM ET
Length: 90-minutes
About: In this webinar, PennState Extension will explore historical and current inequities in starting-up a food or beverage-based business Panelists will speak about their experiences as BIPOC owners and working, marketing, and selling within industries that are historically white-owned. This is the final webinar in a four-part series on Exploring Racial Equity and Access in Our Food System.
Registration: Here

Terra Madre
Organized By: Slow Foods
When: Thursday, October 8th
Length: This is an online, global event that kicks off in October and concludes in April.
About: Since 2004, Terra Madre has been a globally-unique event during which thousands of people who forge change in their local areas on a daily basis meet each other in Turin every two years. . In 2020 the Terra Madre journey continues both online and offline, offering a rich calendar of activities and innovative formats.
Registration: Here

2020 Michigan Good Food Virtual Summit
Organized By: Michigan State University
When: Thursday, October 8th to Wednesday, November 18th
Length: Virtual events will take place over the course of six weeks
About: The 2020 Michigan Good Food Virtual Summit will celebrate achievements, explore new directions, and launch a renewed effort to advance a good food system in Michigan that promotes equity, sustainability, and thriving economies. The 2020 Virtual Summit will be an engaging event to help set the stage for the next 10 years of good food systems in Michigan!
Registration: Here

Rural Response: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 and Strategies for Back-to-School
Organized By: No Kid Hungry
When: Tuesday, October 13th, 3:30PM ET
Length: 75-minutes
About: Join No Kid Hungry as they continue to highlight solutions, challenges and lingering questions around the response to Covid-19 and back-to-school. For this installment of their back-to-school series, they feature programming and lessons learned from rural communities. School food service leaders will discuss how they have navigated these challenging times and are implementing back-to-school meal service. They will also feature audience questions and dedicate time for discussion centered on program implementation and the adoption of program flexibilities provided by recent waivers.
Registration: Here

CFS High-Level Special Event on Global Governance of Food Security and Nutrition
Organized By: The Committee of World Food Security
When: Tuesday, October 13th-Thursday, October 15th
Length: Multiple events over the course of three-days
About: This CFS High-Level Special Event will seek to keep food security and nutrition front and center on the global sustainable development agenda. During its three plenary sessions (one per day), the discussions will take stock of the global food security situation, reflect on the impact COVID-19 has had on global food security and nutrition, and discuss the efforts needed to “build back better.”
Registration: Here by Thursday, October 8th

Remaking the Broken Food Supply Chain
Organized By: Get Healthy Philly
When: Wednesday, October 13th, 5:30PM ET
Length: 60-minutes
About: COVID-19 created major disruptions in the food supply chain that exacerbated inequitable access to food. Rather than wait to be helped, BIPOC communities took matters into their own hands, remaking the food supply chain to serve their neighbors. This conversation will focus on the immediate actions needed to support those least regarded in the food supply chain, and visions for community ownership of food resources in the future. Featured speakers will be Aziza Young of Everybody Eats and A-dae Briones of the First Nations Development Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Registration: Here

Food Justice is Racial Justice: National Farm-to-School Network Movement Meeting
Organized By: Farm to School Network
When: Wednesday, October 14th, 1PM ET
Length: 2 hours
About:  A virtual Movement Meeting featuring food justice activist Karen Washington discussing racial justice in the farm to school movement and he wider food system. Participants will connect with fellow farm-to-school and food-justice advocates from across the country, dig into conversations about what it means to shift power, and help shape the next steps toward a just food system for all.
Registration: Here

#VoicesofFoodSystems 24-hour Global Relay Conversation
Organized By: UN Food Systems Summit in partnership with the Future Food Institute
When: Thursday, October 15, 8PM ET to Friday October 16th, 8PM ET
Length: 24-hours
About: A global discussion featuring celebrity chefs, indigenous peoples, youth climate activists, small farmer businesswomen, heads of state, and everyone in between, on how i we must transform our food systems in the next 10 years.
Registration: Here

Smithsonian Food History Gala from Home
Organized By: Smithsonian Museum
When: Thursday, October 15th, 6:30PM ET
Length: Events will occur throughout the weekend
About: Smithsonian Museum’s annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend kicks off with their first ever virtual Gala from Home, a FREE celebration open to the public. Join them as they honor the 2020 Julia Child Award recipient Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank, a global convener and research organization. Hear from past award recipients Jacques Pépin (2015), Rick Bayless (2016), Danny Meyer (2017), Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (2018), and José Andrés (2019) as we recognize Nierenberg. Speakers also include Kathleen Merrigan, Frances Moore Lappé, and award presenter Dan Barber.
Registration: Here

World Food Day: Rebuilding the World’s Food System
Organized By: Food Tank and others
When: Friday, October 16th, 11AM ET
Length: N/A
About: Food Tank partners with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Food and Agriculture Program of the United Nations, and the Julia Child Foundation for a very special World Food Day virtual discussion. This event is part of the Smithsonian Food History Weekend and speakers include: Chef José Andrés (World Central Kitchen), Leah Penniman (Soul Fire Farm), Vimlendra Sharan (UN FAO), Laura Reiley (Washington Post) and Danielle Nierenberg (Food Tank).
Registration: Here

9th Annual Conference: Food: Women’s role in the struggle to feed the world
Organized By: Giving Women
When: Monday, October 26, 12PM ET to Thursday, October 29, 12PM ET
Length: Virtual events over the course of four days
About: The purpose of the conference is to look at the role of women as farmers, mothers, caregivers of children, the elderly and the sick, and providers of food for their families, as well as to discuss why malnutrition is so widespread and its direct consequences. The conference will reveal the issues, highlight solutions, and invite key stakeholders to share their vision of what it will take to bring food rights to all and the role of women in achieving this.
Register: Here

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