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Hunger in Your Neighborhood

Nov 17, 2016

The Food Systems Institute and the graduate policy studies program are hosting “Hunger in Your Neighborhood,” a panel presentation on Monday, Nov. 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Shapiro Wing of the Joseph Krauskopf Memorial Library at Delaware Valley University. The guest speakers will be Michelle Taylor, the program manager of Witnesses to Hunger, a Philadelphia-based organization, and Cathy Snyder, the founder of Rolling Harvest Food Rescue. The presentation is available to the public at no charge and guests do not need to register in advance.

About the Panelists:

Michelle Taylor, program manager of Witnesses to Hunger

Michelle Taylor

Michelle Taylor is a social worker and community organizer originally from New York City. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she returned to the Philadelphia area to continue working towards eradicating hunger, homelessness and poverty. As a community organizer, she has organized global campaigns of resistance against police brutality, street harassment, and domestic violence, for which she has received international acclaim and national honors. Taylor is also an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, EBONY, TIME and other publications. As a highly sought-after public speaker, Taylor has traveled the world speaking to audiences about social justice, women’s rights and liberation for people of color. 


Cathy Snyder, founder and executive director of Rolling Harvest Food Rescue

Cathy Snyder

Awakened to the depth of food insecurity while volunteering, Philadelphia native and food justice advocate Cathy Snyder realized there was an untapped resource in the local community. Farms could help fill the nutrition gap faced by food pantries – organizations whose limited budgets and growing customer base make it ever more challenging to provide nutritious, high-quality food. In just a few short years, Snyder has grown Rolling Harvest Food Rescue from an initial connection between one food pantry and one farm to a vibrant network of volunteers, farmers, and hunger-relief sites that distributes healthy, delicious, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, and organic meats to thousands of food insecure families. The Rolling Harvest team currently collects donated food from 30 local farms and markets and distributes to more than 50 hunger-relief agencies. Snyder’s awards include: The United Way of Bucks County’s 2016 United In Health and Wellness Impact Award; Edible Jersey Magazine’s 2015 Local Hero of the Year; Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger’s 2015 Community Partner Against Hunger Award; Bucks County Opportunity Council’s Community Connector 2015 Award; and The United Way of Bucks County’s 2014 Multiplier Award. She was also named Applegate Corporation’s Food Changemaker of 2013 and received Wakefern Corporation’s Angel of Hunterdon County Award in 2012. 

How to Attend: Tickets are not required and guests do not need to register in advance. This event is open to the public.