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Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups

  • CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy 55 West 125th Street, 7th floor New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Andy Fisher, Adjunct Instructor, Portland State University School of Public Health, gave a talk on his new book, Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups (MIT Press).

Jan Poppendieck, senior faculty fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and author of Sweet Charity, will moderate a discussion with respondents Toni Liquori, founder and executive director of School Food Focus, and Greg Silverman, executive director of West Side Campaign Against Hunger.

The 2016 election reminded us of the depth of economic insecurity across America, and of the political implications that come from ignoring this populist angst. The decline of Rust Belt communities since the 1980s has been paralleled by the rapid growth of food banks. Instead of challenging the government and corporations to provide living wages and good jobs, to support unions and oppose globalization, the anti-hunger movement has instead built alliances with Walmart, Tyson, and Monsanto, among other socially irresponsible companies. Big Hunger reveals the damage caused by this hunger-industrial complex, and offers a new vision for the anti-hunger movement to eliminate hunger through a focus on health, economic justice and local economies.

About Andy Fisher

Andrew Fisher is a leading national expert on community food security. In 1994, he co-founded and led the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC), a national alliance of groups working on food access and local food, until 2011. During this time, he created and publicized the concept of community food security, and played a key role in building the food movement. He has played a lead role in gaining passage of numerous pieces of federal legislation, including the Community Food Projects and the Farm to School grant program. He has worked on a wide variety of food system topics, including food policy councils, community food assessments, healthy corner stores, coalition building, and farm to cafeteria. He has taught at various universities in Oregon, and is currently an adjunct instructor in the public health department at Portland State University. His book on the anti-hunger movement, “Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups” will be released by MIT Press in April, 2017.


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