Food Justice Project

With the understanding that hunger on college campuses is a serious and preventable problem, the Food Justice Project serves members of the UC Berkeley community who have been denied CalFresh benefits. Members will assist individuals in navigating the appeals process by providing direct client services in an intake interview system. As an organization that understands that food insecurity can be a sensitive issue, we will train our members on how to serve clients using a trauma-informed model. We partner closely with the Basic Needs Center on campus and work together to provide resources to students who need help obtaining benefits.  

Members & leaders of Food Justice Project, 2019-20.

In addition to direct services, the Food Justice Project will also be focusing on several research projects on the topic of access to benefits for university communities. Members will have a chance to draft legal research memos relating to food justice. The Food Justice Project is committed to educating its members about food justice and we will be offering education related to the topic in addition to educational group outings.

The Food Justice Project continues to grow and evolve based on the needs of the community, collaboration with the Basic Needs Center, and the interests of our members. We are looking forward to partnering with new members to explore new ways of helping students and others in the UC Berkeley community to gain access to the resources they need and deserve. 

Supervision: Students in FJP provide legal services under the supervision of attorneys from the East Bay Community Law Center. 

Time Commitment: 13-18 hours a semester, which includes trainings, meetings, and clinic hours. Meetings and drop-in clinic hours will occur Wednesday nights on a biweekly basis, and additional clinic hours will be subject to member availability. 

For more information, please contact the student leaders at foodjustice@berkeley.edu.

 

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