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Times Like These: An Inflection Point for Food & Our Cities

Photo: Chinatown Shorts

There is nothing more essential than food. The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the social status of those working in agriculture & food service; yet there seems to be little economic relief on offer for the essential workers responsible for our most basic necessities. It should come as no surprise that, according to the United Nations, 80% of all food produced is consumed in urban areas – emphasizing relationships across the rural/urban dichotomy. Whether on a policy or community level, from a citizen or a business perspective, cities form a huge opportunity for transformation of food systems. This program will take a look at how a global public health crisis has created an opportunity to reconsider our connections with the earth, the economy, with each other, & with that that brings us together – food.


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CM Credits: 1

Curation by Robin Abad Ocubillo and Omeed Manocheri


Headshot of person wearing glasses smiles and holds up pointer fingerRobin Abad Ocubillo (Moderator) SFUFF Program Producer, Civil Servant, Urban Designer

Geetika AgrawalGeetika Agrawal Program Director, La Cocina

Reem Assil
Reem Assil Chef and Founder, Reem’s California
Photo: Lara Aburamadan

Chhavi SahniChhavi Sahni Director of Policy, Golden Gate Restaurant Association
Co-Presented by  La Cocina  

In this program

Man wearing face mask carrying food deliveries down an alley.

Aaron Lim

Directed by Anson Ho

Against the backdrop of Shelter in Place, a young SF Chinatown resident launches a personal mission to provide support to his neighborhood restaurants.

Dates & Times


Virtual Watch Party

Tue, Feb 16
5:40 pm