Celebrating Women's History Month: The Role of Women in Hunger Relief
MARCH 13, 2023
March is Women’s History Month, and here at After the Harvest, we’re celebrating the remarkable contributions that women have made to society throughout history. In the field of hunger relief, women have played a critical role in addressing food insecurity and promoting access to nutritious food. In this blog post, we’ll explore the significant contributions of some of the most innovative women in the sector.
Frances Moore Lappé
One of the most prominent women in hunger relief is Frances Moore Lappé. Lappé is the author of “Diet for a Small Planet,” a groundbreaking book that challenged the notion that meat was necessary for a healthy diet. She argued that a plant-based diet could not only be healthy but also help to address global hunger. Her work helped to shift the conversation around food and nutrition, inspiring many people to adopt more plant-based diets.
The work of Karen Washington, a food justice activist, and urban farmer, has also been instrumental in addressing food insecurity in low-income communities. She is the co-founder of Black Urban Growers, an organization that promotes sustainable agriculture and access to healthy food in black communities. Washington has been recognized for her work as a MacArthur Fellow and has spoken widely on the importance of promoting food justice.
Another innovative woman in the sector is Leah Penniman. Penniman is the co-founder of Soul Fire Farm, a community farm that is dedicated to promoting food justice and racial equity. Her work has focused on addressing the inequities in the food system, particularly for black and brown communities. Penniman’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award.
These are just a few examples of the many women who have made significant contributions to hunger relief and promoting access to nutritious food. At After the Harvest, we’re committed to celebrating and supporting the work of these remarkable women and all those who are working to make a difference in the fight against food insecurity.
In conclusion, Women’s History Month is an opportunity to recognize the important role that women have played in addressing food insecurity and promoting access to healthy food. The work of women like Frances Moore Lappé, Karen Washington, and Leah Penniman has been instrumental in shifting the conversation around food and nutrition and promoting food justice. At After the Harvest, we’re proud to be a part of this legacy, and we’re committed to continuing this work in the years to come.