While natural disasters are traumatic for all people involved, some populations are disproportionately impacted. Here are some resources explaining how social justice is intimately tied to natural disasters:
- Responses to natural disasters vary widely depending on available infrastructure, leading to significant differences in impact of areas hit by the same disaster (Ferris 2010)
- People living in poverty are most vulnerable, as they live in the least safe areas (Ferris 2010)
- Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP), or food stamps available during natural disasters, often come weeks after the disasters themselves (Baxter 2017)
- Already-struggling college students can be more likely to drop out after a natural disaster (Kamenetz 2017)
- Women are more likely to die in natural disasters than men as they tend to have fewer resources in both preparing for and recovering from natural disasters (Ferris 2010)
Please help however you can!
Slow Food URBAN San Diego presents << — Ethical Eats — >>
A Food Justice Panel and Community Gathering: Learn about challenges in our local food system and how we can work together for good, clean, and fair food for us all!
Food Justice Panel Discussion followed by Q&A 4pm – 5pm
Food Justice Panelists include:
* Mia Vaughnes, Founder of Good Neighbor Gardens
* Katrina Meredith, Career Coach at Kitchens for Good
* Tara May, Program Graduate at Kitchens for Good
* Shelly Hahne, Nonprofit Services Manager at San Diego Food Bank
* Moderated by Kathryn Rogers, Food Justice Chair for Slow Food URBAN San Diego
Slow Food Urban San Diego seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in our local food system. Our mission is to reconnect Urban San Diegans with each other, rediscover food traditions and cultural heritage and educate our community about the plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. In addition, we support the mission, tenets, programs and values of Slow Food USA. We seek to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.
Farming is all about food. And food is best when shared with community. At our potlucks, Wild Willow Farm gives thanks to our amazing community of students, volunteers, educators, fans and eaters of every stripe.
Check out their Facebook events page HERE to find out more.
In August 2016, Professor Laura Tubelle de González and Karina L. Parker co-authored
“Miramar College Food Insecurity Report.”
San Diego Miramar College hosts a small food pantry on campus geared toward emergency bagged meals for food insecure students. Although it is run by the EOPS program, it has met some challenges in the last few years that undermine its ability to support students successfully. In Spring 2016, Laura González’ Honors Cultural Anthropology students undertook a study with full participation of EOPS staff to assess the current state of the food pantry and make recommendations towards its future sustained viability.
Within the eight page report, they address food insecurity at Miramar College and make recommendations on how Miramar College can address this prevalent issue.
You can read the entire document here: Miramar College Food Insecurity Report