Online June 10 symposium to address vulnerable populations during COVID-19

Addressing community food security, food justice, human rights and vulnerable populations during COVID-19

Falk College’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at Syracuse University will host an online symposium, “COVID-19-Vulnerable Populations and Food Access: A Food Justice and Human Rights Foundation for Community Food Security,” on June 10, 12:00-1:15 p.m.

The coronavirus pandemic has uncovered failings in our approach to emergency food programs such as subsidized school feeding. It has also revealed an alarming lack of support for underpaid, under-protected, and under-acknowledged food system workers, who are now labeled essential in the face of a crisis. A human rights-based approach to food justice recognizes both equality and compensation for social marginalization and discrimination. “By placing food access within a legal framework, governments can be held accountable for developing critical policies and processes focused on the rights, needs, and political participation of vulnerable populations,” says Professor Anne Bellows, one of the primary organizers of the event.


Rick Welsh

Rick Welsh

Falk Family Endowed Professor of Food Studies,
Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies

Area of Specialty: U.S. food and agriculture policy and rural economic and social development.


Anne C. Bellows

Anne C Bellows

Professor, Graduate Program Director, Food Studies

Area of Specialty: Human rights-based approach to food and nutrition security.

Chaya Lee Charles Portrait

Chaya Charles

Assistant Teaching Professor, Nutrition Science and Dietetics

Area of Specialty: Dietary intake and nutritional status in adults.

Rachel Murphy Portrait

Rachel Murphy

Director Food and Nutrition Services, Syracuse City School District

Presenting: How the Syracuse City School District School Food Authority implemented emergency feeding services in the midst of an unprecedented situation by leveraging USDA flexibilities, community partnerships and food system changes.

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern

Laura Anne Minkoff-Zern

Tenured and Promoted to Associate Professor, Food Studies

Area of Specialty: Food and racial justice, labor movements, transnational environmental and agricultural policy.