Step Up to the Plate: Ending the Food Crisis

When: World Food Day, Thursday, October 16th, 2008 at 7 PM

Where: Great Hall of Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th Street (at 3rd Ave.), New York City

Cost: Free (suggested donation at the door)

RSVP (encouraged):  Seating is first come, first served.

As U.S. food pantries face long lines and empty shelves while food protests rock the globe, it is clear that we are in the midst of a food crisis at home and abroad.  The crisis is long in the making, yet even as it hits both headlines and wallets, it has been largely ignored by the current administration and the presidential candidates.  In response, food, farm, labor, and justice organizations from across the US are joining together to call on our leaders to address the roots of the problem.

Join WHY and our partners at the historic Great Hall of Cooper Union for the national launch of an urgent Call to Action to end the food crisis.  Learn about the real causes and solutions to the crisis from special guests including:

  • Frances Moore Lappé, best-selling author of Diet for a Small Planet
  • Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System
  • Ben Burkett, president of the National Family Farm Coalition
  • LaDonna Redmond, president of the Institute for Community Resource Development
  • Pat Purcell of the United Food and Commercial Workers union
  • Alice Waters of Chez Panisse and founder of Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, CA
  • Leader of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
  • Musical guest: Toby Lightman.

Be part of the solution!  Join us in sending a strong message to the presidential candidates and our current political leaders that they need to step up to the plate to end the food crisis.

If your organization would like to support this event, please email

Sponsored by: WHY (World Hunger Year), in partnership with Food First, National Family Farm Coalition, Grassroots International, Pesticide Action Network of North America, Agricultural Missions, Food & Water Watch, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Small Planet Institute, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, Rainforest Action Network and others.

Supporters: Just Food, Food Systems Network NYC, Community Food Security Coalition, New York Citizens Trade Coalition, World Neighbors, Global Policy Forum, Anna Lappé, Take a Bite Out of Climate Change, Edible Manhattan, Hunger Action Network of New York State, Sustainable Table, New York City Nutrition Education Network, Sustainable Connections, Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of NY, The FGE Food & Nutrition Team, Cornell Global Labor Institute, Mazon, Council on the Environment NYC/Greenmarket, New York City Coalition Against Hunger, GreenThumb and others.

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