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These are the events that took place as part of our Food Justice Month:


Sunday, January 10 at our 11:00 AM service and in coffee hour at 12:15 PM: 

  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a Florida-based farmworker, human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in fighting human trafficking and gender-based violence at work.  The CIW is also recognized for pioneering the design and development of the Worker-driven Social Responsibility paradigm, a worker-led, market-enforced approach to the protection of human rights in corporate supply chains.


Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00 PM: Food Justice and Climate Change

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  • Panelist: Matthew Hayek, PhD, Department of Environmental Studies, NYU. Dr. Hayek’s research quantifies the environmental impacts of our food system, with a specific focus on greenhouse gas emissions and contributions to climate change.
  • Panelist: Joe Bozeman III, PhD, Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Bozeman’s research explores climate change and social identity as it relates to the food-energy-water nexus and global environmental change.
  • Host: Brett Essler


Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 PM: Food Insecurity and Hunger in NYC

January 19th, 2021 -Food Insecurity and Hunger in NYC

  • Panelist: Sophie Collyer, Center on Poverty & Social Policy at Columbia University. Sophie Collyer is the Research Director at the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University. Her research focuses on anti-poverty policies at the national and local levels, with a particular interest in child allowances, federal and local minimum wage policy, and housing policy.
  • Panelist: Liz Accles, Executive Director, Community Food Advocates. Liz Accles is the Executive Director of Community Food Advocates, an organization that spearheads the coalition-based Lunch 4 Learning campaign, and In 2017 secured universal free school lunch for all 1.1 million NYC public school students.
  • Panelist: Karen Washington has spent decades promoting urban farming as a way for all New Yorkers to access fresh, locally grown food. She started Rise & Root Farm in 2014. 
  • Host: Ember Kelley


Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 PM: Food Waste and Composting

  • Panelist: Sandy Nurse, founder, BK ROT. BK ROT is New York City’s first community-supported, bike-powered, fossil fuel free food waste hauling and composting service.
  • Panelist: Mary Most, Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability, NYC Department of Sanitation. The Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability leads initiatives to reduce waste – and keep recyclables from reaching landfills. This team’s focus is driving New York City to send zero waste to landfills.
  • Host: Liz Wolfe