Course: SCN 240 Food and CultureNote: this is designated a writing intensive course.
Since the course is offered by the Nutrition and Culinary Management Program within the Health Sciences Dept. at LaGuardia Community College, I would like to examine poverty through the food insecurity and food justice/policy lens.
Introduce poverty, maybe offer two to three scenarios or divide the class into groups and each reviews one of the following listed below.
The vulture and the little girl https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/vulture-little-girl/ [rarehistoricalphotos.com]
Stories of four Americans: https://www.feedingamerica.org/research/hunger-in-america/facts-and-faces [feedingamerica.org]
Play the poverty simulation game www.playspent.org [playspent.org]
Have students write a reflection describing their thoughts, reactions, feelings, and choices they made if they played the game.
Instructor asks a representative from each group to share thoughts with the class to wrap up step 1. Then engages in a presentation/class discussion on definitions of poverty, food insecurity, food justice/policy.
Discussion to include Farm bill, Food waste, sustainable agriculture, etc.
Student-led listing of ways to supporting food security followed by instructor providing remaining programs/projects especially in NYC–see NYC Food Metrics report.
Think-Pair-Share “Do you think volunteers can help solve the hunger problem?”Segue into Food policy/Food justice
Sources for Instructor presentation:
Pendegrass (2019) Introduction to the symposium: rethinking food system transformation—food sovereignty, agroecology, food justice, community action and scholarship. https://link-springer-com.rpa.laguardia.edu/content/pdf/10.1007/s10460-019-09952-z.pdf·
Reiley, Laura. “The health and climate consequences of the American food system cost three times as much as the food itself.” Washington Post, 16 July 2021, p. NA. Gale Academic OneFile. Accessed 25 July 2021 file:///C:/Users/C246_S27/Downloads/The_health_and_climate_consequ.pdf·
The Impact of the Coronavirus on Food Insecurity in 2020 & 2021. https://www.feedingamerica.org/sites/default/files/2021-03/National%20Projections%20Brief_3.9.2021_0.pdf [feedingamerica.org]·
NYC Office of Food Policy https://www1.nyc.gov/site/foodpolicy/about/about.page [nyc.gov]
Pre and Post survey evaluating student’s understanding of poverty, food insecurity, food justice/policy-related content.