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|Food First's 30th Anniversary Dinner Dance|
|Date||Tuesday October 18|
|Time||4:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
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|Jack London Aquatic Center, 115 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94606|
The keynote speaker for the dinner will be LaDonna Redmond, a Chicago-based food security activist. She is the President and CEO of the Institute for Community Resource Development, a non-profit, community-based organization that assists residents of urban communities obtain access to safe, healthy food through the development of alternative food systems. Ms. Redmond and her husband Tracey operate an urban farm in partnership with the University of Illinois. LaDonna also serves on the Food First board.
Economic and social human rights awards will be given to three organizations that promote positive ways of obtaining food security for all. Mangaliso Kubheka will accept an award on behalf of the Via Campesina, the largest and fastest growing farmer organization in the world with chapters in 56 countries. An award will also be presented to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the farm worker organizers who recently won the first wage increase for Florida tomato pickers in 25 years by campaigning against the corporation that buys the most tomatoes in the U.S.—Yum brands, the parent company of Taco Bell. The third organization recognized for their innovation in bringing high quality, reasonably-priced produce to low-income neighborhoods in Berkeley is the Farm Fresh Produce program of Berkeley’s Ecology Center.
Reservations for the dinner and dance can be made at http://www.foodfirst.org or by calling 510-654-440.