Everybody Eats

Communication and the Paths to Food Justice

Everybody Eats
Marianne LeGreco, Niesha Douglas
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Everybody Eats tells the story of food justice in Greensboro, North Carolina-a midsized city in the southern United States. The city' s residents found themselves in the middle of conversations about food insecurity and justice when they reached the top of the Food Research and Action Center' s list of major cities experiencing food hardship. Greensboro' s local food communities chose to confront these high rates of food insecurity by engaging neighborhood voices, mobilizing creative resources at the community level, and sustaining conversations across the local food system. Within three short years of reaching the peak of FRAC' s list, Greensboro saw an 8 percent drop in its food hardship rate and moved from first to fourteenth in FRAC' s list. Using eight case studies of food justice activism-from urban farms to mobile farmers markets, shared-used kitchens to food policy councils-Everybody Eats highlights the importance of communication and communicating social justice in building the kinds of infrastructure needed to create secure and just food systems.
Marianne LeGreco, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Niesha Douglas, EdD, is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Physical and Secondary Education at Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina.