USC will be hosting a fair food bazaar featuring a panel discussion and lunch on Friday. Throughout “Just Food and Fair Food: A Multidisciplinary Exploration,” which is free and open to the public, speakers will address access to nutritious food, or a lack thereof, in low-income communities on a national, regional and local level.
Paula Daniels, senior advisor to the mayor of Los Angeles on sustainable food and water policy, who also founded the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, will moderate the discussion, which will be held at the University Park Campus’ Doheny Memorial Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sitting on the panel will be Oran Hesterman, author of "Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All"; Robert Gottlieb, co-author of "Food Justice" and director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College; Luz Calvo, professor of ethnic studies at California State East Bay; LaVonna Lewis, a public policy professor at USC who teaches food policy; and Sarah Portnoy, a professor in the Spanish department at USC who teaches Hispanic culinary culture in Los Angeles.
Following the discussions will be a fair-food bazaar featuring lunch and conversation with panelists, food activists and community members of L.A. Participants will include Homegirl Cafe, a division of Homeboy Industries that works with at-risk and formerly gang-involved young people through restaurant service training and culinary arts; Mama’s Hot Tamales, which provides classroom instruction on culinary arts geared at low- and moderate-income residents of Los Angeles; Marie-Alise Recasner de Marco, founding member of the SoLA Food Co-Op and the Seeds of Carver Urban Farm in Leimert Park; Barbara Born of Fair Trade Los Angeles; and Nicole Carter, gardens coordinator for the Social Justice Learning Institute.