The Underground Railroad Education Center is set to continue it’s LibertyCon 2021 Zoom Series on August 21st, from 3 to 4:30 pm, with Rev. Phillip N. Grigsby presenting “Food Justice: Hunger, Child Poverty, and Farming while Black.”
Food (In)Justice is a broad topic with deep roots in United States history. This presentation will focus on three aspects of food justice: hunger (food insecurity), child poverty, and farming. Through a lens of racial injustice and inequality, some of the key issues will be analyzed and an examination of possible responses will be considered. Some references will use examples from the presenter’s experience in Schenectady and Upstate New York, but much of the focus will be on policy issues underlying the root causes of food injustice.
Research conducted by Feeding America in 2019 shows that “Nationally, the rate of food insecurity for African-American households is more than double that of white households, while one in five Latinos are food insecure — compared with one in ten whites and one in eight Americans overall.”
Rev. Phillip N. Grigsby recently retired as Executive Director/Urban Agent of the Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM) after serving for 33 years. SICM is a coalition of 50 congregations that “seek to relate the resources of the congregations to the human needs of the city.” SICM currently runs the county’s largest supplemental food program, summer lunch for youth, community agriculture, wellness initiatives, and provides leadership in community collaborations and partnerships. He launched a capital campaign prior to retirement to develop a Resource Center, Teaching Kitchen, and improvements to the food pantry.
Upcoming LibertyCon 2021 presentations include Destined to engage and collaborate: Examining the Social/Political Dynamics of Native Americans and African Americans in the United States on September 25th; Building Community through Free Black Migration before the Civil War on October 23rd; and Native American Lives Matter on November 27th.