Panel at Yale Discusses Food as an Issue of Social Justice

Three leading activists for urban food reform in New York and New Haven will meet at Yale on January 28 in a public panel discussion on educating youngsters about the importance of good food and making affordable healthy food available to urban residents.

The program, which is free and open to the public, takes place at Dwight Hall on the Yale campus, 67 High Street, and begins at 4 p.m.

Featuring speakers from nonprofit organizations that educate, motivate and nourish inner city youth, the discussion is part of a series of events sponsored by the Yale Sustainable Food Project, which is dedicated to changing the way our nation thinks about food.

The speakers are:

Ian Marvy, co-founder and executive director, Added Value, Brooklyn.
Since 2001, Added Value has provided year-long training to more than 115 neighborhood teens in South Brooklyn. Students grow food, help to develop agriculture-related business or are involved in community education and mobilization.

Jacquie Berger, executive director, Just Food, New York.
Just Food has been a leader in connecting local farms to New York City neighborhoods and communities since 1995. It aims to promote secure and sustainable food resources for city residents by increasing the production, marketing and distribution of fresh food from community gardens and urban agriculture sites.

Billy Bromage, coordinator of Harvest Haven, New Haven.
Harvest Haven is a network of community members and local organizations working on food security and hunger relief in the New Haven area.

The Yale Sustainable Food Project believes that the world’s most pressing questions regarding health, culture, the environment, education and the global economy cannot be adequately addressed without considering the food we eat and the way we produce it. By creating opportunities for students and the community to experience food, agriculture, and sustainability as integral parts of their everyday lives, the Project encourages individuals to effect meaningful change as leaders in their communities, their homes and their life’s work.

The public is invited to attend this free event, but seating is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Hannah Burnett at

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