Jessica Bartholow of the Western Center for Law & Poverty will address food security issues at a free public talk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Yolo County Building, 600 A St. in Davis.
This lecture series is part of the “Yolo Farm to Every Fork” event series, highlighting farm contributions and food security issues in the region. Bartholow will discuss “Hunger Amidst Plenty & Policy Initiatives Underway” and point out how the community can take positive action surrounding issues of food security in our region.
“Combating hunger and food insecurity is a key issue our county faces,” said Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, who has organized the lecture series. “Jessica Bartholow will give those of us concerned about this issue an overview of hunger issues and their effects in addition to update us on policies that will focus on this critical need.”
Added Bartholow, “The important work and innovative programs in Yolo County addressing hunger and poverty issues is well known. I look forward to talking about policies that are changing lives and how this work can be applied in this community.”
She is a legislative advocate at the Western Center for Law and Poverty with more than a decade of experience in anti-poverty organizing, advocacy and program development at the local, state and national level. She has co-authored several advocate and program guides on the topics of hunger and poverty and has led in coalition to pass a dozen pieces of legislation.
Bartholow holds a master’s degree in political science and the 2012 recipient of the National Food Research and Action Center’s Wellstone-Wheeler Anti-hunger Advocate of the Year Award.
Yolo Farm to Every Fork emerged from a partnership of Yolo Food Connect and Yolo Ag & Food Alliance. These events dovetail with the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau’s “America’s Farm to Fork Capital” initiative.