Food for Thought meets every other week on Monday! We meet in Friends 201 at 7pm! All are welcome!
IC Food for Thought members have biweekly group conversations to learn, debate, and discuss global issues impacting children, hunger, and education. Our discussions are lead by different teams each meeting or a guest speaker, and cover topics that examine the broader scope of these issues. Some of our past conversations have included the nutritional value of school lunches, children’s rights, global food waste, human trafficking, displacement, and maternal health. For each discussion topic, we try to plan different types of events to raise awareness among Ithaca College students. Below is a short summary of some of our past discussion topics.
Children's Health What do you do with the ends of your bread loaf? Why are school lunches typically unhealthy? Why does the leading cause of death in the US, heart disease, rarely receive media attention?
Maternal Health Though IC Food for Thought is deeply invested in children’s health and nourishment, this spring semester we took a step back to focus on what first impacts a child’s health - the health of his or her mother. For four weeks, we discussed why women in the United States suffer disproportionately in accessing health care services and how deeply ingrained gender inequities in our society perpetuate the cycle of suffering.
Displacement In March, IC Food for Thought also explored displacement and its impact on the lives of children both in the United States and abroad. In the first week, we examined what it means to be a “refugee” and the connotation associated with the terms “displaced person” and “forced migrant.” We closed the semester with a discussion on how natural disasters wreak havoc on the lives of individuals, especially children.
Children’s Rights IC Food for Thought focused on the rights of children during the month of April, discussing issues such as child trafficking and homeless LGBT youth, with Declaration of the Rights of the Child in mind.