Join our Young Professionals Council for a film screening-fundraiser and engage in the national conversation about food security and nutrition.
We will show the film, “A Place at the Table” and discuss it with Bay Area leaders in policy, nutrition, public health and food systems. The discussion will cover food security and nutrition, including their intersection and the impact on the Bay Area.
All proceeds from this event benefit Project Open Hand. A portion of your event ticket may be tax deductible.
Food insecurity is an ever-present concern within the Bay Area, with between 100-250,000 residents in San Francisco depending on food assistance and as many as 50 million Americans relying on charitable food programs. Food insecurity can cause various issues aside from hunger alone including disease, psychological trauma, nutrient-deficient dietary intake, and with children, the possibility of delayed cognitive development, psychological and emotional dysfunction, and learning discrepancies. The lack of availability to a consistent and healthy supply of food for a child, or for a person of any age for that matter, directly impacts the economic performance, civil engagement, and sustainable development of an entire region.
Unfortunately, the costs and accessibility to a nutritious meal is much greater and more difficult than to a low-cost and unhealthy one. Why is that? Why has the need for food assistance been increasing? What can be done?
After the film screening, we will hold a discussion panel with Bay Area leaders in policy, nutrition, public health and food systems in order to illustrate and discuss these very questions, focusing on food security and nutrition, their intersection, and its impact on the Bay Area.
Lauren Sloss, Food Journalist (7×7, The Bold Italic, Serious Eats)
Simon Pitchford, Project Open Hand Associate Executive Director and Member of the San Francisco Food Security Task Force
Laura Vollmer, RD, MPH Candidate at UC Berkeley
Alexis Fernandez, Director of Legislation, California Food Policy Advocates
This cause is incredibly meaningful to Project Open Hand’s Young Professionals Council (YPC), which works to elevate the philanthropic power that exists among our peers. We are dedicated to spreading awareness regarding food insecurity and supporting the goal of meeting the nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, the homebound critically ill, and seniors. Through volunteer opportunities, fundraising initiatives and local events, the YPC strives to promote passion for food justice and engage young professionals in activities that contribute to building a healthier community.
A very special thanks to our sponsors for supporting this event!