What is Food Justice? 
While there is a movement for people to support the local economy and buy fresh food and produce, our food system is, at the same time, failing to provide low-income people with the healthy foods they need to thrive. Food justice is the belief that healthy food is a human right regardless of income.

 

Project Aim:
The aim of this immersion project is to learn about the food gap by:

  • exploring how food is produced by working with local farmers;
  • learning where food that is produced in Adams County is eaten;
  • examining our emergency food system;
  • learning about the local foods movement; and
  • promoting a more just food system that supports local economies and allows all people, regardless of socio-economic status, access to healthy foods.

Project Activities:
We will learn about and promote food justice by:

  • visiting local farms
  • taking a trip to the Central PA Food Bank
  • meeting with folks from the Food Policy Initiative and Local Foods Network
  • volunteering at the Campus Kitchens
  • participating in discussion with low-income people about the barriers they face with regard to food
  • partnering with local agencies to make fresh food available to clients
  • contributing to the Community Food Assessment being done to establish a Food Policy Council in Adams County.

 

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Orientation; Begin SNAP Challenge; Grocery shopping for week

Day 2: Farm tours and presentations: Three Springs Farm (Food Alliance Certification), Hollabaugh Brothers Farm (migrant workers), Everblossom Farm (CSAs); Tour of Rice Fruit Company; Farm to Table Dinner at Stone Kitchen

Day 3: Work day at Painted Turtle Farm; Tour of Rettland Farm (meat farm)

Day 4: Tour and work at Sherfy Farm (Battlefield Garden); Visit Farmers Market; Presentation on Healthy Options program; Work shift at Campus Kitchen; Evening discussion with Circles Leaders

Day 5: Visit urban farms in Baltimore; Evening workshop at Painted Turtle Farm

Day 6: Tour of meat processing plant; Work day at Painted Turtle Farm