Celebrate International Women's Day - Oxfam America Hunger Banquet
Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join us on March 8, International Women's Day for an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet. See hunger in a whole new way. The place where you sit, and the meal that you eat, will be determined by the luck of the draw--just as in real life--some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty.
Worldwide, millions of women engage in small scale farming and are leaders in the fight against hunger, yet they face discrimination in access to resources like land and credit. Here in Boston, women are innovators in building a better food system that provides healthy and sustainable choices. Come together with Simmons College, Oxfam America and the Boston Oxfam Action Corps to celebrate women's achievements here and worldwide in changing the way we grow, eat, and share food so that everyone has enough to eat, always.
We will honor two outstanding women who are making a difference in the food system locally and globally: Cassandria Campbell, a co-founder of Fresh Food Generation here in Boston, and farmer and first runner up in Oxfam's 2012 "Female Food Hero" campaign Emiliana Aligaesha of Tanzania.
Thanks to a generous Simmons Palooza grant this event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration on Eventbrite is required.
Simmons is located at 300 Fenway in the heart of Boston right on the border of the Fenway neighborhood and the Longwood Medical area. The campus is easily accessible by public transportation.
Take MBTA green line E train (Heath Street) to Museum stop. Turn right onto Louis Prang Street. From here you can see Simmon's green cupola. Walk past Isabella Steward Gardner Museum on left. Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, will be on the left.
Parking and Driving Directions
Unfortunately there is limited parking. For details on street and garage parking click here. For complete driving directions click here.
Cassandria Campbell a Roxbury native, became a food justice advocate while working at The Food Project, a nationally recognized model for youth development and sustainable agriculture. Upon graduating from Swarthmore College, she returned to the organization to be the Youth Development Coordinator in which she led a 60-youth summer program and coordinated a year-long leadership program. In 2011, she received a Masters degree in City Planning from MIT and continues to work in the field of community and economic development.
Cassandria developed the idea for Fresh Food Generation because she was unable to find healthier food options in her own neighborhood. Fresh Food Generation's mission is to bring fresh, healthy and delicious food to Boston's under served neighborhoods.
After completing a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their first food truck, Cassandria and her Fresh Food Generation team will soon be ready to bring healthy "fast food" to low-income neighborhoods throughout Boston. They are also currently partnering with local community organizations to provide cooking classes, food education workshops and taste testing opportunities. They are also excited to launch their new catering services, which will allow them to provide the entire Greater Boston Area with better access to quality foods.
Emiliana Aligaesha is a smallholder farmer from Karagwe District, Kagera Region in northwest Tanzania. Aligaesha was the first runner up in Oxfam’s 2012 Female Food Hero campaign in Tanzania, which highlights the achievements of small-scale women food producers.
A former schoolteacher, Aligaesha became a self-taught farmer after her husband died in 1992. In 2007, Aligaesha and a local group of farmers formed Kaderes Peasant Development Ltd., a successful private company selling coffee and beans. The United Nation’s World Food Program has been a customer and USAID has been helping the farmers to guarantee better prices.
As well as growing coffee, bananas, beans and maize, Aligaesha owns six cows, operates her own irrigation systems, and also supplies quality seedlings to other villagers. Even though she has had little formal agricultural training, local leaders declare Aligaesha's farm to be an exemplary one – well-kept and with rich produce.
In addition to her encouragement of women to be more involved in agriculture, Aligaesha has become a kind of researcher in the village, testing out new agricultural techniques for others to follow. Most important to her is that her eight children have all been put through college as a result of her hard work.