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Food Justice Matters Washington D.C

Examine the history of food movements, food insecurity, and current efforts to promote food justice within the DMV. We will engage with and learn from community leaders working to ensure all residents of DC have consistent and equitable access to healthy, nutritious, and culturally relevant foods. Prior to the weekend of engagement, we will conduct 2 virtual pre-program meetings to set expectations, gain a basic understanding of what is food justice, and prepare to engage with community partners. This program will continue to develop and change depending on the restraints of the pandemic.

Students will Gain an understanding of current efforts to fight for food justice within the DMV and examine the history of local food movements and food systems. We will explore the various and complex causes of food insecurity and how COVID-19 has exacerbated this issue while gaining and understanding of how the DMV has been impacted by food injustice now and throughout history.

Dates of Engagement: October 15 - October 17, 2021

Cost: FREE

Headshot of Eileen Markert
Eileen Markert is a MA of International Development student at SIS and is interested in ensuring that food aid programs are effective and accountable, she is also the Alternative Break program Graduate Assistant. She strongly believes access to food is a human right and thus fights for every person to choose when and what to consume. She has worked for the Mid-Ohio Food Collective during undergrad, facilitated an acute malnutrition prevention program in Senegal, and currently volunteers for Food & Friends and participates in the DC Food Policy Council. Eileen hopes this program will increase awareness for varied and complex food inequity issues faced by those living in the DMV.


Visit Bread for the City in the morning to learn about the work they do within the DMV metro area and participate in direct service. Have lunch at The Potter House and learn about their community programs in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Continue onto Capital Area Food Bank to understand how they coordinate food distribution in the metro area.


Breakfast at Busboys and Poets before visiting the Anacostoa Community Museum to learn about the neighborhood's history and learn from its food justice exhibit. Eat lunch within the city and finish the afternoon in conversation with a community organization working to promote urban agriculture.


Engage in dialogue about food justice with community leaders and conclude with reflections on the weekend's events.

*Program itinerary subject to continual development and change depending on the restraints of the pandemic.