July 14, 2021: Rights & Resources for DC Food Workers Panel. (A collaboration with the DC Restaurant Opportunities Center and Kaiser Permenante with participation from DC Department of Employment Services (DOES), DC Department of Health (DC Health), and DC Office of Human Rights (OHR).
In partnership with the DC Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) and Kaiser Permanente, the Office of Planning (OP) Food Policy Division hosted an event on Wednesday, July 14 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm to highlight the rights and resources available to DC food workers. DC government agencies shared about the processes that food workers can take to file claims on important issues in the workplace such as wage theft, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, and health and safety issues. OP and ROC will shared findings from its food worker listening series project as part of their continued implementation of Make Food Work, the District’s first workforce development strategy for food workers. The event was held with simultaneous Spanish interpretation.
December 11, 2020: Racism in Lending Practices & Supporting Business Owners of Color (Session 8 of Race, Racial Equity, and the DC Food System Discussion Series)
The event was held on Friday, December 11, 2020. You can find the slides for the presentation here.
The COVID-19 public health emergency has devastated local food businesses and has disproportionately impacted Black and Brown small business owners in the District. While the public health emergency is a recent challenge, the racial discrimination that business owners of color face in accessing capital and leveraging financial institutions is longstanding and intertwined with a history of racist planning and lending policies. Join us for a discussion about the impact of racism in starting and operating Black- and Brown-owned businesses, how historically racist lending and capital policies manifest in the District today, and how we can work to promote equitable opportunities for DC food businesses as part of an economic recovery.
Speakers & Moderators
- Daniel Friedman, Loan Operations Manager, Latino Economic Development Center
- Furard Tate, Co-Founder of DMV Black Restaurant Week and Owner of Inspire DMV Hospitality
- Moderator: Emi Reyes, Chief of Operations, Risk, & Investments, Latino Economic Development Center and Co-Chair of the Food Policy Council’s Entrepreneurship and Food Jobs Working Group
- Moderator: Ronnie Webb, President & Founder of the Green Scheme and Co-Chair of the Food Policy Council’s Entrepreneurship and Food Jobs Working Group
November 13, 2020: Racial Injustice and Workers in the Food Supply Chain (Session 7 of Race, Racial Equity, and the DC Food System Discussion Series)
This event was held on Friday November 13, 2020.
Food production and its movement from farm to store to table in our food system is a long journey involving many people. Most often they are persons of color working with few protections and low wages. Join us for a discussion about the history of racism in the food supply chain, farm labor and workers’ rights, and opportunities for combating these injustices through procurement practices.
- Jose Oliva, Campaigns Director at Health, Environment, Agriculture, and Labor (HEAL)
- Christina Spach, National Organizer at Food Chain Workers Alliance
- Michael Carter Jr., Owner/Operator of Carter Farms
October 2, 2020: How Racism and White Supremacy Influence Nutrition Education (Session 6 of Race, Racial Equity, and the DC Food System Discussion Series)
From the nutrition standards set by the federal government to the images all around us glorifying certain body types, the lessons we often learn about nutrition are closely tied to the racism and white supremacist thinking that pervade our society. Watch this session learn how to receive nutrition/health messaging with a critical eye and advocate for more inclusive, science-based policies.
- Tambra Raye Stevenson, Founder/Principal, NativSol Kitchen; Founder/CEO, Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics, and Agriculture (WANDA)
- Patrilie Hernandez, Health and Nutrition Specialist, Founder of Embody Lib
September 11, 2020: Land Access and the Racial Wealth Gap (Session 5 of Race, Racial Equity, and the DC Food System Discussion Series)
This event was held on Friday September 11, 2020. The slide presentation is available here.
The racial wealth gap, a result of centuries of racist policies that have kept Black Americans from owning land and property, has direct implications on who controls food production today. A 2018 study found that under 3% of farms in the Washington region are owned by people of color. Join us for a discussion about how race and racism contribute to unequal land ownership and wealth, and how this informs policy strategies today.
- Christopher Bradshaw, Executive Director of Dreaming Out Loud and FPC Urban Agriculture Working Group Co-Chair
- Kate Lee, Director, Office of Urban Agriculture Director at the DC Department of Energy and the Environment, and FPC Urban Agriculture Working Group Co-Chair
August 7, 2020: History of DC’s Grocery Gap (Session 4 of Race, Racial Equity, and the DC Food System Discussion Series)
This event was held on Friday August 7, 2020. The slide presentation is available here.
The lack of healthy food options in District neighborhoods with predominantly Black residents is not naturally occurring, but rather the result of decades of racist federal and local policies and business practices. Join us for a discussion about how race and racism contributed to DC’s grocery gap, and how this informs policy strategies today.
- Dominique Hazzard, Historian and Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins University
- Beverley Wheeler, Executive Director of DC Hunger Solutions and FPC Food Access & Equity Working Group Co-Chair
- Andre Towner, Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington and FPC Food Access & Equity Working Group Co-Chair
July 30, 2020: Financing Food
Creating a resilient, more equitable food system requires money and support. CDFIs and local food businesses discussed access to funding and financing. Speakers:
- Olivia Rebanal, Capital Impact Partners
- Daniel Friedman, Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC)
- Lucien Smith, Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif)
- Giuseppe Lanzone, Peruvian Brothers
- Jeff Miskiri, Po Boy Jim
- Moderated by Ona Balkus, Food Policy Director, DC Office of Planning
June 24, 2020: Webinar on Senior Food Access in the District During COVID-19
Join D.C. Hunger Solutions and Age-Friendly DC for a webinar for providers serving District seniors. This webinar covers available food resources and programs for District seniors during the public health emergency and beyond. Speakers from the DC Department of Human Services, D.C. Hunger Solutions, DC Department of Aging and Community Living, Capital Area Food Bank, and DC Food Policy Council highlight supporting programs and share additional guidance for how providers can assist seniors in connecting with available food resources in the District. Slides and FAQs can be found here.
May 13, 2020: Webinar on Accessing Healthy Food for Families with Children During COVID-19
FPC partnered with DC Hunger Solutions, DC Health, and DC Human Services to create a webinar highlighting the many federal and local food programs that families with children can participate in during COVID-19. You can access the slides for this webinar here and Q&A/Additional Resources here.