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Alternative Spring Break 2014 - Hungry for Change: Food Justice, Sustainability, and Access

From packaging 4,080 pounds of rice at the San Francisco Food Bank to serving breakfast at the GLIDE Soup Kitchen to weeding and gardening at local community gardens/farms, the group dive into the issues existing in our current food system. Throughout the week, we visited different non-profit organizations that are currently working to provide a sustainable food system and to ensure equal food access among different communities. By the end of the week, participants learned about the factors that cause food insecurity along with the complication and process that our food goes through before landing on our tables. 

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2014 Sites: 

Hungry for Change: Food Justice, Sustainability, and Access
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Dates: March 23 - 29, 2014
Site Leader: Nancy Huang (nhuang2@uci.edu)

Food plays a major role in our globalized economy. Through mass-production, our nation has become the leading exporter in food. Despite being the top provider in the food industry, one in six Americans is struggling with hunger. Many are finding themselves living in food deserts where healthy and affordable food is difficult to obtain. In this program, we will focus on the issues of food justice, sustainability, and access. We will be working with various organizations and urban farming facilities in the California Bay Area to gain an understanding on the production, distribution, and consumption of food. Participants will work together to critically analyze issues in the food system and how it affects people across social disparities while exploring the concepts and principles of sustainable farming. 

The Inner City Miracle: Homelessness, Poverty, and Change
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Dates: March 23 - 29, 2014
Site Leader: Amy He (hea2@uci.edu)

Homelessness exists 365 days a year, affecting families, veterans, children, and other individuals. Los Angeles is one of the neediest metropolitan areas in the United States. Approximately 957,000 adults in the area are classified as “food insecure” and more than 51,000 men, women, and children in Los Angeles have no place to call home. Children and teenagers growing up in poor, urban areas face a variety of challenges that affect their levels of academic achievement, physical health, and relationships with others. However, homelessness is not hopeless! We will be working with organizations throughout Southern California that strive to improve the quality of life for those who are in need of a helping hand. We will be aiding inspiring associations (Habitat for Humanity, Los Angeles Dream Center, and more) that provide hunger relief, comfort, and hope in the lives of those who are striving for change. 

La Jolla Indian Reservation: Luiseño Tribe
Location: Pauma Valley, CA
Dates: March 23 - 29, 2014
Site Leader: Shaomay Vong (sdvong@uci.edu)

With high rates of poverty, substance abuse, suicides, and high school dropouts, Indian reservations are forgotten examples of the hypocrisy of a system that claims to provide “liberty and justice for all.”

We will visit an Indian boarding school and work on an Indian reservation to understand how our past American government forced assimilation and erased their culture, identity, and body. We will explore the implications of the famous quote, “kill the Indian and save the man” and what it means to be part of a historically marginalized community in the United States. The La Jolla Indian Reservation was established over 130 years ago in 1875. However, the tribe has existed here for thousands of years. At the Reservation, we will work on environmental projects, install solar panels, and interact with the children in afterschool programs. This will be an amazing learning and community engaging experience to understand the battle to preserve their culture and land in California’s social and economic expansion. 

Hopi Indian Reservation: Culture, Education, and Restoration 
Location: North-Eastern Arizona
Dates: March 23 - 29, 2014
Site Leader: Cynthia Sanchez (cynthis@uci.edu) 

Although many of us have read history textbooks about Native Americans, how many of us have ever set foot on an Indian Reservation? Spend this spring break with other undergraduate students at the Hopi Indian Reservation in Arizona. We will be working alongside members of the Reservation as we learn more about a community that is often forgotten and segregated. We will focus on learning about their culture as we help restore their community and learn about issues that many members of the community face on a daily basis. This is a wonderful opportunity for students who are interested in learning and engaging in a community that we would not have the opportunity to work with otherwise. 

DUE: FEBRUARY 13TH BY 5PM to the CCC (3rd floor)

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Alternative Winter Break 2013: Exploring Homelessness & Poverty - Salinas, CA, Winter 2013

Week filled with various different activities!

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Alternative Winter Break 2013: Exploring Homelessness & Poverty - Salinas, CA, Winter 2013
Participants got the opportunity to visit the Steinbeck Center.

Alternative Winter Break 2013: Exploring Homelessness & Poverty - Salinas, CA, Winter 2013

Participants got the opportunity to visit the Steinbeck Center.