Feeding Inequities: Food justice in Minnesota communities

July 23, 2020 | 12-1PM CT | Zoom Webinar


Feeding Inequities: Food justice in Minnesota communities

Food justice is a social movement that sees healthy, culturally appropriate food as a human right and addresses structural barriers to food through systems change at all levels of the food system. In Minnesota and in the US more broadly, two significant crises of systemic racism and COVID-19 further destabilize food systems and disproportionately affect communities of color, low-income and immigrant communities. Local communities are proactively working to ensure food access and food justice.

In the past few months since the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, farmers have experienced losses that they had never envisioned before both within the US and globally. Farmers from all parts of the United States—from Midwestern dairy farmers to green bean farmers in Florida—have been forced to destroy harvests due to a severe decline in demand for their products as a result of the closures of restaurants, schools, hotels and other food service outlets.

At the same time, the closure of food distribution outlets and other workplaces have meant the double blow of losses of jobs and income for the workers in these facilities and also the loss of access to food in many Minnesota neighborhoods. Food justice work is more crucial than ever to meet Sustainable Development Goal 2 which calls for ending hunger and ensuring access by all people to safe, nutritious and sufficient food.

In this second webinar of a series on issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals, a panel of community-engaged scholars and advocates working in the Food Justice field will discuss food justice issues in Minnesota communities and how they are working with these communities to promote equitable and fair access to healthy, culturally appropriate foods.


Jamie Bain, Coordinator, Metro Food Access Network; Associate Extension Professor, Family Development, University of Minnesota Extension

Julie Grossman, Associate Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences, University of Minnesota

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Lifetime Ashoka Fellow, Ashoka; Founder and President, Regenerative Agriculture Alliance

Lisa Wong, SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator, University of Minnesota Extension


Karen Brown, PhD, Co-Lead UMN Sustainable Development Goals Initiative, University of Minnesota

Katey Pelican, DVM, PhD, Co-Lead UMN Sustainable Development Goals Initiative, University of Minnesota

If you were unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to view the presentation recording or download the slides.

Presentation Recording

The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance) leads a system-wide initiative focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG Initiative seeks to support, promote and identify research, teaching and partnerships linked to the SDGs through grants, information and opportunities for connection and partnerships.

UMN Sustainable Development Goal Initiative

This webinar is hosted by the University of Minnesota Sustainable Development Goal Initiative—a partnership between the Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative and the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change and led by the University of Minnesota's Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance). Food security falls under the Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger.

Questions? Contact us at sdg@umn.edu.

Past Webinars in the UMN SDG Series