Food Justice Week

3rd Annual Food Justice Week

Food Justice Week at SU is a week dedicated to exploring the complex relationship between food and justice. Join us this year for interactive, educational, and thought-provoking events that center on issues of college food security, sustainability, resource sharing, and food systems.   

Monday, October 24, 2022. 12-1pm -- Edible Campus Garden Tour 

OMA and Grounds & Landscaping will tour campus and discover all the edible gardens available to us! The Edible Campus Initiative is a sustainable urban agriculture tool for teaching others, a springboard for rethinking broken food systems, and an incubator for inventive ideas about food security for future generations. By designing edibles into the existing gardens, we are encouraging students to identify and harvest food in their own backyard.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022. 12:30-1:30pm -- Lunch & Learn: Demystifying Food Insecurity

Join OMA as we engage in a conversation about what food insecurity is, how it can show up in our lives, and resources on campus that can help combat it. Feel free to bring your own lunch, but we will have light snacks and refreshments!

Wednesday, October 26, 2022. 12-12:45pm -- SNAP Information Session & Teaching Kitchen with Executive Chef Billy

SNAP is a state and federal welfare program that provides monthly financial assistance to purchase food at grocery stores. This session will cover the basics of applying to SNAP, including eligibility requirements, the application process, and more. *This session will be held virtually, but you can stop by PAVL 180 to learn more. Contact for any questions.


Executive Chef Billy from Redhawk Dining will be offering samples from meals made with items from the food pantry! The recipes and process will be shown via his virtual teaching kitchen that will be released at 2PM when sampling begins.

Thursday, October 27, 2022. 6:30-7:30pm -- OMA Speaks: Black Panthers & Food Justice

OMA Speaks is our monthly community dialogue series. The purpose of OMA Speaks is to create opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to engage in meaningful dialogue about current topics related to identity, diversity, and inclusion.

For Food Justice Week, we want to highlight the Black Panther Party and their initiatives to address food insecurity in the US. We will also reflect on the intersection of race and food justice.

Friday, October 28, 2022. 12-1pm -- Lunch & Learn: Food Justice in Small Businesses w/ Aakanksha Sinha, Ph.D. 

Join us as we have a conversation with Dr. Aakanksha Sinha, Co-Founder & Chief Impact Officer of Spice Waala. We will discover how her businesses aims to alleviate food insecurity in our community.

Dr. Aakanksha Sinha has spent her life researching food justice and how to bring about social change. As a Ph.D. in Social Work, a former Professor at Seattle University, and currently the Senior Research Director at Casey Family Programs; you can find her molding future generations in these innovative practices. She found ways to integrate the values into the business model of Spice Waala to have the biggest impact on our employees & the community. Aakanksha takes pride in being a Delhi native, and loves introducing you to her city’s street food. So along with caring for the community and employees, she also makes sure that you all get to eat her special favorites.

Feel free to bring your own lunch, or we will have light snacks and refreshments.

Saturday, October 29, 2022. 10:30am-1pm -- Yes Farm Volunteering

End Food Justice Week with action and join OMA, CEJS, Campus Ministry, and the Environmental Studies Department as we volunteer at Yes Farm!

Yes Farm grows food and shares growing space with Black urban farmers from around Seattle, with all the produce going directly to BIPOC-led and owned organizations, businesses, and mutual aid efforts to feed our community and support economic development. They are located at 715 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104.

You are welcome to meet us outside of Pigott Pavilion at 10AM before we walk over to Yes Farm, or meet the group at 10:30AM at Yes Farm. We will stay until 1PM, but you are welcome to leave earlier or stay longer depending on your schedule. Please dress in comfortable clothing and shoes that you do not mind getting dirty.

Please RSVP so we know how many participants to expect. Communication will be sent out to registrants as the event gets closer.

Follow us on Instagram (su_oma)

Throughout the week follow along on the OMA IG and the OMA Website for local resources, Education about food security on college campuses and conversation about how we define Food Justice!   

Educational Resources:



  • Hungry to Learn (2019), Dir. Geeta Gandbhir
  • How college students are fighting food waste (Cam Pascual) TEDxFurmanU
  • Food Insecurity is a Public Health Concern (Rayna Andrews) TEDxUWMilwaukee


  • The Campus Hunger Project Podcast, hosted by Monica Sager
  • “Episode 6: Food Insecurity on Campus”, Collegeland Podcast
  • “Food Pantries, Food Insecurity, and Social Stigma”, BG Ideas podcast


  • Volunteer at Yes Farm!
  • Volunteer at the SU Food Pantry (PAVL 180)!
  • The last two weeks of the quarter, you can donate up to $250 of your dining dollars to the Food Security Initiative!