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Food for Thought: Community Conversations about Food, Identity & Culture


FOOD FOR THOUGHT is a three-part series hosted by the Community Libraries of Providence in partnership with the URI Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Program and Food Recovery for RI. Inspired by the URI Honors Colloquium, Just Good Food, this in-person series engages communities in discussions about local food systems, identity & culture. 


Conversations with Community Gardeners

Thursday · October 6th · 6pm · Washington Park Library

Panelists Tarshire Battle (Roots2Empower /Southside Community Land Trust), Fatema Maswood (Providence Seed Library), Ana Soares (Galego Garden), and Doug Victor (Peace & Plenty) will share their successes, challenges and lessons learned, offering advice for starting and sustaining vibrant community gardens!



Food is Never Just Food with Vanessa García Polanco

Thursday · November 3rd · 6pm · Mount Pleasant Library

Food is never just food. It is part of the political, social, physical, and psychological process of explaining culture, society, and systems of power and oppression. Vanessa will start conversations to define food, its power, and the many meanings it has across gender, race, generations, borders and more.



Community Potluck & Cultural Celebration

Thursday · December 8th · 6pm · Wanskuck Library

We invite you to celebrate the foods and cultures of our community! You're encouraged to bring a favorite dish and story to share (not required). This is a family friendly event with activities for kids and their caregivers. Special guests will share culturally rich food stories.




The Community Libraries of Providence is hosting a food drive to benefit the RI Food Bank from September 26th through November 9th. If you are able, please drop off non-perishables at your favorite library location.  Thank you!