United Bronx Parents (Washington, DC)
In the mid-1960’s, parents from low-income Black and Puerto Rican communities of New York City organized against racism in the school system. United Bronx Parents focused first on improving the school lunch program. Led by founder Evelina Antonetty, parents drove to Washington, DC with two trucks filled with uneaten, unwanted lunches, dumping the trash bags on the doorstep of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As a result, USDA invited the parents to directly administer their community’s school lunch program, allowing them to make decisions about vendors and food in a way that best suited their community’s needs.
Lana Dee Povitz, Stirrings: How Activist New Yorkers Inspired a Movement for Food Justice, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2019): 86.
Galleries & Exhibits
- 11865-1925: Hunger in the Industrial City
- 21929-1940: America in Crisis and Recovery
- 31945-1965: WWII and the Paradoxes of the Postwar Era
- 41955-1980: The Fight for the Right to Food
- 51975-1996: The Unmaking of the Great Society
- 61997-Present: How It Is — And How It Should Be