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Food Justice Issues to be Addressed through Duquesne University Series

As America moves toward the food-celebratory holiday season, Duquesne University's Division of Mission and Identity is sponsoring a three-part series looking at how each of us connects to the systemic issues of food security and labor.

"Students, faculty and staff have this first-time opportunity to examine personal responses to issues of food security as a people of faith, as part of our Catholic and Spiritan identity," said the Rev. Ray French, C.S.Sp., vice president for Mission and Identity.

Participants will explore food security and fair wages in the industry at the local and national levels, as well as global working conditions.

"The series is a faith-based approach to looking at justice and forming responsible action to injustice that we see in the lives of marginalized people," said Kate Lecci, Spiritan campus minister.

The events are:

Fair Trade and Hunger Candy Bar Simulation

Friday, Oct. 31, noon to 1 p.m., Spiritan Campus Ministry Center, Towers
This global event for Duquesne students includes lunch; with fair trade chocolate from partner Ten Thousand Villages.

Fair Trade Week

Monday, Dec. 1, to Friday, Dec. 5

Fair Trade Marketplace

Monday, Dec. 1, to Friday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Union Atrium

Annual Fair Food Dinner

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m., Power Center

Offered to the first 100 people who make reservations, this event will include speakers Gerardo Reyes Chávez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who is featured prominently in the new documentary Food Chains, and Joe Parker of the Student Farmworker Alliance.

Fair Trade Week Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, Dec. 3, noon to 1 p.m., Africa Room, Union

Fishes and Loaves Day of Service

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at 10 a.m., St. Stephen's Church, Hazelwood
Training will be provided by parishioners Tom and Janet Berna for service project participants. Students and faculty, five or six at a time, can then choose to participate in a day of distribution in Hazelwood, as a faith-in-action component and will have opportunity to discuss Hazelwood's struggles as a food desert.

For more information on how Duquesne's Division of Mission and Identity reaches out to the campus community and beyond, visit www.duq.edu/about/mission-and-identity.

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