The Challah Convention: A New Normal

Tuesday and Wednesday August 17 & 18, 2021

Sessions will run between 1-6pmEST/10am-3pmPST (schedule TBD)

Please note: this Convention is completely virtual

This year was challenging. Our “normal” was upended, we couldn’t gather in person, we baked challah on Zoom, we advocated online, and we built community through screens and phone calls. As many of us get excited to return to campus in the fall, we may see a lot of focus on returning to “normal.” But was “normal” working? 

 

The pandemic put a spotlight on the issue of campus food insecurity. As students had to find new sources for housing and meals, it became clear that many students did not have access to the resources they needed. We saw an increase in campus food insecurity, with 3 in 5 students experiencing basic needs insecurity, and 1 in 3 students not knowing where their next meal was going to come from or when it would be. 

 

As the world and our country witnessed the murder of Black Americans at the hands of police officers, a rise in the Movement for Black Lives, and a rise in anti-Asian hate and violence, we knew we needed to center racial justice in our food justice work. Systemic racism impacts our campus communities and our food systems, and our role as food justice advocates necessitates that we center our advocacy through a racial justice lens. 

 

We have all changed this year, and this year has changed us. Instead of going back to what our normal was, at this Convention, we’re going to envision what we want our new normal to look like. We’ll celebrate the changes that have occurred, and create a path to continue down, to make our education in our country a more equitable place.

Registration

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Challah Convention?

The Challah Convention is Challah for Hunger’s national gathering of student leaders and volunteers from chapters across the country. This year, although we can’t be together in person, we’ll be convening virtually to celebrate our successes and jumpstart our action in the fall.  

 

This year was challenging. Our “normal” was upended, we couldn’t gather in person, we baked challah on Zoom, we advocated online, and we built community through screens and phone calls. As we get excited to return to campus in the fall, we may see a lot of focus on returning to “normal.” But was “normal” working? 

 

The pandemic shone a spotlight on the issue of campus food insecurity. As students had to find alternatives to dorm living and dining hall meals, it became clear that many students did not have access to alternatives. We saw an increase in campus food insecurity, with 1 in 3 students not knowing where their next meal was going to come from or when it would be. 

 

As the world watched escalating police brutality, the murder of Black Americans at the hands of police officers, a rise in the Movement for Black Lives, and a rise in anti-Asian hate and violence, we knew we needed to to center racial justice in our food justice work. Systemic racism impacts our campus communities and our food systems, and our role as food justice advocates necessitates that we center our advocacy through a racial justice lens. 

 

We have all changed this year, and this year has changed us. Instead of going back to what our normal was, at this Convention, we’re going to envision what we want our new normal to look like. We’ll celebrate the changes that have occurred, and create a path to continue down, to make our campuses and country a more equitable place.

 

When is the Challah Convention?

The Challah Convention will take place virtually on Tuesday and Wednesday August 17 & 18, 2021.

 

How much does it cost to attend the Challah Convention?

There is no cost to attend the Convention!

 

What kinds of sessions will there be?

Sessions will be interactive and held on Zoom and social media platforms. They’ll span a wide array of topics ranging from discussing local and national advocacy work, community building and philanthropy, mental health and preventing burnout, centering racial justice in food advocacy, and finding new and innovative ways to connect virtually. We’ll have informal spaces to connect with others in our network and guest speakers will share about their work fighting campus food insecurity. Most sessions will be student-led and cover topics directly related to CfH chapter function, advocacy, philanthropy, and community.

 

How do I register?

Register here by August 10, 2021. Then, forward this registration link along to a friend from your chapter, your chapter’s advisor, a campus administrator, or anyone else you’d like to invite to the Convention! By registering, you also commit to bringing along at least one buddy.

 

Who else will be at the Challah Convention?

Over 70 students from Challah for Hunger chapters around the country will be there! Challah for Hunger staff, students, alumni, guest speakers, and community members will be there to meet you, lead sessions, and participate alongside you.

 

What will I get out of attending?

Hear what our past attendees have said...

“I feel so invigorated to further my growth as an advocate and leader in my campus community.” - 2020 Convention

 

“I thought it was a really great opportunity to be able to speak with both Challah for Hunger staff members and current students who have leadership roles in their own campus' chapter. I learned so much, and it made me feel much more comfortable moving forward with virtual events this semester.” - 2020 Convention

 

“I loved hearing from leaders across the country who are passionate about the work we Challah for Hunger leaders do. It was also great to brainstorm with other Challah for Hunger students to come up with ways to be creative on campus.”  - 2020 Convention

 

“I found all of the sessions I attended to be very useful and contributed to my understanding of student food insecurity and how we as CFH members can make meaningful changes.” - 2020 Convention 

What if I have more questions?

Please reach out to Contact CfH Program Manager Hannah Cohen at hannah@challahforhunger.org.

Schedule (coming soon)

You can look forward to the following sessions at the Convention. Keep checking to see new sessions added!

This is Fine: Dealing with Activism Burnout
The summary of my session is: Activism burnout affects all of us, whether we’re aware of it or not. As we gear up for in-person events again, it’s important to recognize the signs and stressors that we haven’t had to acknowledge for the past year that could impact your mental health. At this session, you’ll learn what to look out for and brainstorm ways to prevent it!

Five Things You'll Learn from Work in Public Policy: Personal and Professional Development through Challah for Hunger Advocacy 

The advocacy component of our work with Challah for Hunger is so important, not just in the sense of bringing about policy change for the masses, but to us students in regards to our personal and professional development. At this session, we'll be talking about how op-eds, lobbying, reaching out to government officials and understanding the national FuelHigherEd campaign are all things that we can market and build off of as we move on into our own professional pursuits.