Invisible Hunger: Food Insecurity and Food Banks

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Food insecurity is a widespread but often invisible problem among Americans. This course, organized in collaboration with Food Bank For New York City, focuses on food insecurity in the urban context, reflecting on the systems and social dynamics that affect it, as well as the impact of food policy and politics on urban environments and population health. In the course students will also become familiar with the practical functioning of relief organizations.



  • Understand food insecurity in America, as well as it causes and consequences.
  • Achieve greater awareness of needs of food-insecure citizens.
  • Familiarize yourself with the functioning of food banks.
  • Acquire deeper knowledge of issues of food policy and food insecurity in urban environments and their impact on social justice.
  • Connect with like-minded citizens who are concerned about food justice and food access.


Target Audience: Life-long learners, activists, individual and communities already involved in hunger relief initiatives, policy makers, food insecurity relief professionals.


Course is offered by The New School.