On Thursday, April 19th The Food Shift Kitchen & Imperfect Produce hosted a special event featuring Andy Fisher, author of Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups. Andy is an activist and food justice advocate who co-founded the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) and successfully led efforts ensuring passage of federal nutrition legislation to combat food insecurity. Andy’s prolific work generated a lot of buzz and tickets for this event sold out within weeks of its announcement!
Guests who attended were treated to a delicious, plant based meal, created in house by The Food Shift Kitchen (TFSK) and made with donated and recovered food from partners such as our co-sponsors, Imperfect Produce. The menu consisted of seasonal composed salad, turmeric jeweled rice with cranberries and almonds, black eyed pea stew, eggplant and mushroom moussaka, and beet salad with arugula and goat cheese. The head chef of TFSK was in attendance and oversaw preparation of the dinner along with several volunteers and apprentices who assisted with the creation of the evening’s appetizing dishes.
During his talk, Andy addressed the systemic causes of hunger in the United States, and offered a new vision for the anti-hunger movement with a focus on jobs, health, and economic justice. Following the thought provoking conversation and a brief Q&A, Andy stayed to sign copies of his book, which he sold at the event, and mingle with the evening’s guests. All proceeds from ticket and book sales went to support Food Shift. The event was a big success, raising over $1,000 for job training, food recovery, and food distribution programs at Food Shift.
The event also generated positive feedback from guests about the evening’s presentation and the food. One attendee wrote, “Andy’s presentation was enlightening, clearly a complex problem that needs to be addressed globally and locally”. Another commented that, “Food was great! And I loved that the event turned into a discussion and thinking session – it felt productive and genuine”. To learn more about Andy’s work and his book, Big Hunger, you can visit his website www.bighunger.org. If you’re interested in hiring TFSK for an upcoming event, please our catering page for more information.