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Just Food: Food and the Carceral System Campus Kitchen’s annual event series continues with its Winter Term 2023 lineup, examining the many ways in which the food system interacts with social justice issues.

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After a successful series of events during the Fall Term, Washington and Lee University’s Campus Kitchen returns with events slated throughout the winter, offering valuable opportunities for W&L students, the campus community and the wider Lexington-Rockbridge community to explore how food systems intersect with the carceral system.

“A major goal of the Campus Kitchen program is to develop students’ understanding of the context in which the issues of food waste and food insecurity we work to address arise,” said Ryan Brink, Campus Kitchen coordinator. “By cultivating this deeper understanding, hopefully, participants are better able to address the root cause of these issues, in addition to the immediate needs of our community.”

Register here for the events listed below:

Food, Violence, and the Maryland Correctional Food System with Kanav Kathuria

Monday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. | Virtual Event via Zoom

Kanav Kathuria, cofounder of the Maryland Food and Prison Abolition Project (MFPAP), will discuss the history and work of the MFPAP including their landmark report, “Food, Violence, and the Maryland Correctional Food System.”

Dinner and Discussion: Prison Gardens and Horticulture Therapy

Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. | Hillel Multi-Purpose Room

Join the Campus Kitchen for dinner and a discussion about the complexities of prison gardening projects and horticulture therapy.

Garden Exchange with the Virginia Tech Indigenous Community Garden

Thursday, March 17 from 2-5 p.m. (rain date: March 24) | W&L Campus Garden

Students and faculty involved with the Virginia Tech Indigenous Community Garden will visit us at the W&L Campus Garden for shared learning, outdoor cooking and a communal meal. This event features Mae Hey, assistant professor of history at Virginia Tech, as the guest speaker and follows a visit last school year by W&L students to Virginia Tech’s garden.

Reentry and Public Food Assistance with Daniel Sullivan

Monday, March 27 at 6 p.m. | Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library

Daniel Sullivan of Enroll Virginia will speak about his experience navigating the public benefits system with individuals transitioning out of correctional facilities.

To learn more and stay up-to-date on programming, visit the Just Food webpage.