School, Kids, Meals, and Justice: What You Can Do to Create Positive Change Within the System

In this class, participants will discuss the meals offered to children in schools and how to create positive change within the system. We will work together to identify key opportunities and stakeholders within schools and discuss the challenges of moving programs forward. Class participants will learn how to push back against recently proposed changes to school nutrition regulations – the Trump administration’s so-called “roll backs.” Parents, educators, and concerned community members will engage in meaningful discussion about teaching through the lens of school meals as crucial resources for children, especially those who are low income and/or experiencing food insecurity.

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Trainers:  Kali Ransom previously served two years as a FoodCorps Service Member for the Springfield Public Schools district. In this role she connected students to healthy food and hands-on learning opportunities in classrooms, cafeterias, and gardens.  She currently works as the interim FoodCorps Site Supervisor for the Springfield Public Schools District, where she supports the district in achieving their goals of increasing the quality of school meals and providing food education to students. Kali holds a BA from Hampshire College in Cultural and Education Studies. Sam Icklan is the Director of Chefs in Schools at Project Bread, a Massachusetts-based anti-hunger non-profit. Sam works with school districts across the Commonwealth providing culinary training, support, guidance and technical assistance to school food service professionals to transform the landscape of school food. Sam holds an MS in Food Systems and a professional certificate in Sustainable Food Systems Leadership from the University of Vermont.

Food Justice and Democracy

Trainer: LaDonna Sanders Redmond is an activist and  freedom fighter. Working on a range of issues from reproductive justice to developing alternatives to incarceration for first‐time drug offenders to urban agriculture to developing food co‐ops, Ms. Redmond believes that every community has the intellect to heal itself. She is currently the Equity and Inclusion Manager at River Valley Co‐op.

LaDonna Sanders Redmond

Class Description: While there are plenty of folks talking about food and agriculture, the connections between race, class, and gender are not discussed or are ignored. This presentation is an intersectional approach to food justice which focuses on dispelling the myth that ‘food desert’ is a phrase describing communities that require a just and fair food system. This presentation is the foundational workshop to help participants understand the why and what of Food Justice, changing the narrative of the Food Justice Movement to better represent how historical racial oppression causes food injustice today.