New Video | Connecting Food and Community
How do you build community through food?
At Community Food Strategies, we’ve always seen food as a connector – to people, place, history, and culture. We asked this question to participants at the 2019 NC Food Council Gathering to create this powerful reminder of the importance and value of growing and sharing food in our communities.
When the NC Food Council Gathering took place back in December 2019, we couldn’t have predicted how critical our connections to food would become, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The inequities of our food production and distribution have become even more apparent. In response, communities are rallying together to continue serving meals to kids, the elderly, and vulnerable communities. More people are starting to grow their own food in their backyards and cooking at home. We are resilient and will learn and grow from the harsh realities of our current times, and there is no better place to start than connecting with one another through food.
“I think it’s great for us to be coming to the table from so many different perspectives to talk about something that really matters to all of us. ”
– Zo Mpofu
“It’s about motivation and character building. When you talk about building community through food, it’s not just about the equitable action. It’s about preparing the community to take those steps on their own.“
– Cooper Blackwell