Yellow Sneaker Productions, Puppet Show 2:00 - 2:30

Yellow Sneaker is a company based in Brooklyn, New York.  We entertain and educate kids of all ages through puppets, storytelling, movement and music.  We do sing-alongs, creative birthday parties, and original musical puppet shows.  We create innovative and engaging experiences for kids, but we know that there are grown-ups in the audience and we want to keep you entertained too. 

Digesting the Food Movements, Panel Discussion 2:30 - 3:30

At this discussion, we hope to bring together various activists in the Food Movements and see how they approach the issue they have with the current food system, whether it be hunger, public space, racism, economic opportunities, public health or immigration. Through the insights given by various people, we hope people will have greater knowledge of the Food Movements and be inspired to join them.


Tom Angotti is Professor in the Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs & Planning in New York City. From 1995 to 2001 he was Professor and Chair of the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of New York for Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate (MIT Press, 2008), Metropolis 2000: Planning, Poverty and Politics (Routledge,1993), Housing in Italy (Praeger,1977), and many articles in professional journals. He has worked and written extensively on urban planning and community development in the United States, Latin America and Europe. He was previously a city planner with the NYC Department of City Planning, and worked for state government in New Jersey and Massachusetts. He taught at the graduate level at SUNY, Columbia University, Harvard, and University of California at Berkeley. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy Development from Rutgers University.

Kerry Birnbach is the coordinator of the IVAH Initiative at the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and works to mobilize civic and religious leaders to advocate for intensified government action to end hunger and poverty. In this capacity, she is responsible for coordinating efforts to achieve anti-poverty policy victories, engaging in policy research and media outreach, and for serving as a liaison between the Coalition and other anti-poverty organizations. Kerry comes from Berkeley, California and received a B.A. from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Austin, Texas, and received a her Master's degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin.

Daniel Bowman Simon founded TheWhoFarm, a bus-based non-partisan campaign that visited schools and farmers markets across America, collecting signatures for a petition that respectfully requested the new White House residents grow vegetables at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In 2010 he launched People’s Garden NYC, a petition campaign for a school garden in front of NYC’s City Hall. He also spends time advocating for a vegetable garden on the NYU campus, where he is enrolled as a Master’s student in Urban Planning. His favorite toys as an infant were frozen brussel sprouts. Now they are his favorite vegetable to eat and grow. He knows it’s unlikely, but he holds hope that someday everyone will fall in love with brussel sprouts. Daniel served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Bohol, Philippines, and taught English in Inazawa, Japan. He sometimes tweets at @TheWhoFarm and @gardenNYC.

Karen Washington has lived in New York City all her life, and has been a resident of the Bronx for over 22 years. Since 1985 Karen has been a community activist, striving to make the Bronx a better place to live. As a community gardener, Karen has worked with neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens, as an advocate, she has stood up and spoken out for garden protection and preservation, as a City Farms Trainer, she has helped people all over the city grow more food and build healthier neighborhoods, and as a member of the La Familia Verde Garden Coalition, she launched a City Farms Market, bringing garden grown and farm fresh vegetables to her neighbors. Her motto is: you can’t say you’ve made it, if the people around you are still struggling, I am because we are. Karen attended NYC public schools, graduated from Hunter College with honors in physical therapy in 1977 with BS degree magna cum laude, and received her Masters degree from NYU in occupational biomechanics and ergonomics in 1981. She is the mother of two children: Kendra, a principal at a NYC public school; and Bryant, an inspector for the department of health and a singer, and has two grandchildren, Julian and Justice.

Meet & Greet with Food Justice Organizations, 3:30 - 5:30

Come meet amazing people from organizations that are at the forefront of the food movements in New York City! You can find about the work they do, their issue areas, and ways to get involved. The following organizations will be there:
The Brooklyn Food Coalition (BFC)
The CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities (CISC)
Focus on The Food Chain
Food Systems Network (NYFSN)
Good Food Jobs
Hunger Action Network of New York State (HANNYS)
NY Faith & Justice
Uri L'Tzedek
Go to our NYC Resources page to find out more about these organizations

Film Screening, 3:30 - 5:30

Featuring: "Fly on the Wall" by Marna Chester & Jenny Montasir
Fly on the Wall follows artist Marna Chester as she speaks with shop owners in Brooklyn neighborhoods where there is less access to healthy food. Her mission: to hang a poster she designed that promotes healthy eating. Marna’s local, grassroots effort sparks conversations that expose deeply-rooted problems within the larger food system.

Also screening "One Penny More," a video made by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers that explains the labor injustices relating to the supermarket industry.

Activities, 3:30 - 5:30

Arts: communal art project, sugar scrubs, and live music
Workshops: Fair Trade & Real Food
Midnight Run Preparation: Prepare packages of food, snacks, winter covering and other essentials for those not as privileged as ourselves.
Snacks provided by The Brooklyn College Coffeeshop

Cooking Lesson & Feast, 5:30

With the guidance of community chefs who have years of experience, students will learn how to cook simple, healthy, and sustainable meals for their everyday lives. After the cooking lesson, we will all gather to eat the meals prepared. Vegan and kosher options will be provided.
Some dishes you will learn to make are:
Wild Mushroom Risotto
Butternut Squash Soup
and more...!
*Please note that the cooking lesson is capped at a maximum of 45 people. If you have not indicated on the Macaulay RSVP website your interest in the cooking lesson, there will not be a spot available for you. Please note that only the first 45 sign ups can participate.

Midnight Run, 9:00

“Midnight Run is an attempt to find a common ground between those of us who are housed and those of us who are not.  Midnight Run tries to provide the homeless poor with a few of the bare essentials needed for survival.  Midnight Run stands shoulder to shoulder with those who live in the shadows of the city” Student volunteers will embark on a route at midnight to distribute the prepared materials to the hungry and homeless.