This week’s episode is taken from the second installment of the Conversations on Food Justice, a collaboration between Share Our Strength and the Aspen Institute’s Food and Society Program. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-1) moderates the discussion, which features former Obama Administration Secretary of Education (and current Education Trust President and CEO) Dr. John B. King Jr. and former Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD-4).
“Systemic racism operates to create structural barriers… This is the system that we created over 400 years. If we want something different we have to actively work to dismantle those systems,” explains King. “The system suggests that there’s something wrong with trying to figure out how to feed yourself and your family, that there is something negative about doing all that you can to access food,” notes Edwards.
“If you look at federal programs, they’re really designed to keep people from accessing them more than they are to have people experience not being hungry,” says Edwards. King agrees. “We could center healthy eating and nutrition in our public policy. We choose not to… We really need to reorient how we think about food systems in our country,” he says.
Join us for this thoughtful discussion about how we can better achieve food justice in America.