Do you feel that?
That slight pull coming from your stomach, telling you it’s been exactly 4 hours since you’ve last eaten?
“Let’s go get lunch,” you say to your coworker, “I’m hungry.”
You leave the office, eat your lunch, finish your work day, head home, and there it is again – not a slight pull this time, but a grumble. You think to yourself, “Man, I’m starving.”
But you’re not really starving, are you? Come to think of it, you weren’t even really hungry at lunchtime – a bit peckish, maybe, but not hungry.
Imagine what it’s like to truly be hungry, to not know when your next meal is coming from. One in eight people in the U.S. experience this type of food insecurity every day. One in eight—that means hungry people don’t just live in inner cities or poor neighborhoods. They are our coworkers, our children’s classmates, and our neighbors. No matter where you live, or what you do for a living, true hunger lives all around you.
At The Coalition Against Hunger, we know that hunger doesn’t belong to a specific class, race, ethnicity or zip code. We also know there are many injustices inherent in our food systems. That’s why every year, we partner with the Free Library’s Culinary Literacy Center to organize the Good Food For All Conference. It’s an all-day event that brings people from all over the area together to consider what it really means to have food justice for everyone and how, working collectively, we can make it a reality.
This year, the Good Food For All conference provided 12 engaging, entertaining sessions and a thought provoking, challenging keynote address by Chef Cneftali Duran. The workshops provided a mix of interesting, theoretical conversations about hunger and practical, concrete steps that people can take to advocate for Good Food For All in their own communities. But what really makes the conference unique is watching the conversations it inspires among our attendees. Watching our attendees, who include food pantry coordinators, community gardeners, SNAP eligible community members, and business owners, share experiences, ideas, and challenges related to ending hunger is rewarding. It’s that collaborative spirit in the community that will truly make a difference in ending food insecurity.
Our hope is to both inspire conversations and arm individuals and organizations with practical ways to combat hunger in the region.
Stay tuned for what we’ll have in store at next year’s Good Food For All Conference.
Katie Milholin Tanya Sen
Community Educator Community Nutrition Program Manager