Food and Social Justice

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Presented by Alex Askew and Michael S. Easterling

Moderated by Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RD


The conditions in which we live in help to explain why some Americans are healthier than others. Our current food system reflects historic inequalities that lie at the foundation of American society. By working to establish policies that positively influence social and economic conditions and those that support

changes in individual behavior, we can improve health for large numbers of people in ways that can be sustained over time. Participants in this webinar will learn how to discuss food justice and identify the myriad factors that influence and determine quality of life in marginalized communities. They will able to recognize and define barriers to food access and clarify their role in what can be done to improve individual and community health outcomes.


Participants in this webinar will:

  • learn how to discuss food justice
  • identify the myriad factors that influence and determine quality of life in marginalized communities
  • recognize and define barriers to food access
  • clarify their role in what can be done to improve individual and community health outcomes

One (1) CE for dietitians provided by The Center for Mindful Eating


Alex Askew got his first job as a personal chef at 14 through a high school vocational work program. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1989.

In 1993 Alex Co-founded theBCAGlobalwhich dedicates itself to Education, Awareness, and Exposure for young minority students seeking careers within the culinary and hospitality industry.

Alex has enjoyed guest appearances on Good Morning America, CBS Early Morning Show, and the Food Network.

With over 35 years in the restaurant and hospitality field Alex continues his use of knowledge and experience as a foundation for further growth and development in the culinary industry and continues the important social change work using food as a nexus and mindful eating as a platform to improve lives in the community.


Michael Easterling is a social entrepreneur with more than twenty years of experience in non-profit capacity building. His work in local food systems development started when he began cultivating an organic garden in 2006.

Since helping to organize the Northeast Ohio food congress in 2008, he has continued to work as a convener and organizer to bring thousands of food producers, chefs, nutritionists, funders and other stakeholders together for events across the country that promote the development of sustainable local food systems. He has served as advisor to numerous groups incuding:

  • City Fresh in Northeast Ohio
  • City of Cleveland’s Urban Agriculture Working Group
  • Farm School NYC, a two-year certificate program in urban agriculture
  • Black Urban Growers (BUGs)

In 2015, Mr. Easterling formed That Good Food Life (TGFL), an event planning and catering firm based on the principles of regenerative economics.

He can be found at ThatGoodFoodLife.com

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