Kelly Writers House Presents: Securing Food Insecurity, Tonii Hicks of People's Kitchen

September 21, 2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm
In-person & YouTube Livestream Kelly Writers House (3805 Locust Walk), Arts Cafe
Livestream on YouTube
Organizer Kelly Writers House Event WebsiteKWH Event Page

Join us for a talk + Q&A focusing on food insecurity and food sovereignty. We'll be thinking of climate and climate justice through a local, food justice perspective; Tonii Hicks, director of food and creative events at People's Kitchen, in conversation with Kelly Writers House assistant to the faculty director and sustainability coordinator Lily Applebaum, will elaborate on food insecurity through the lens of the mutual aid, cooking, vacant lot clean-up and gardening, and neighborhood outreach that People's Kitchen is currently doing in south and southwest Philadelphia. Every weekday, People's Kitchen uses the commercial kitchen at El Compadre in the Italian Market to cook 200+ free and nourishing meals for distribution around the city, often using ingredients stocked from their neighborhood gardens. People's Kitchen was started by Cristina Martinez and Ben Miller of South Philly Barbacoa, in partnership with World Central Kitchen and 215 People's Alliance. Learn more about their work on Instagram @peopleskitchenphilly!

This event will take place rain or shine in the covered garden area at Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk. Registration is required. Masks must be worn inside the Kelly Writers House when using the restroom and at all other times, regardless of vaccination status. If you are experiencing any potential COVID symptoms, please enjoy the program from home via the YouTube livestream, or plan to watch the recording at a later date.


Tonii Hicks headshot

Tonii Hicks

Director of Food & Creative Events People's Kitchen

Tonii Hicks is an impactful chef in the Greater Philadelphia area who focuses on mentoring young upcoming chefs, food science & product development, and treating food insecurity in food deserts. With her Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Science from Drexel University, Tonii has studied how to manipulate food from a rudimentary state to a delectable entrée. While working in the finest restaurants in the city, Tonii learned swiftly the importance of kitchen operations and how to thoroughly communicate about food ingredients. Tonii’s true passion lies in acknowledging, educating and doing what it takes to end food insecurity in Philadelphia: “As a product of living in a food desert, I have found that others like me should have access to healthy and good food no matter their economic status.” Presently, Tonii is the Director of Food & Creative Events at People’s Kitchen, an organization dedicated to “serving the underserved” with nourishing and inviting food in the city of Philadelphia.