Interview with our Esteban Kelly on race and food co-ops

Everyone Welcome? Personal Narratives about Race and Food Co-ops

By Jade Barker and Patricia Cumbie

Everyone Welcome? Personal Narratives about Race and Food Co-ops presents a variety of perspectives on what can be done to make food co-ops more racially inclusive. Fifteen co-operators from a variety of backgrounds — class, gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation — talk about their introduction to co-ops and respond to two questions: how did food co-ops become so white and what can be done to make food co-ops more racially inclusive?

Our Executive Director Esteban Kelly was featured in these interviews:

“The co-op model offers solutions to racial justice and food access…but when we were working to expand Mariposa, and when black folks in Greensboro were organizing their start-up food co-op, we learned that food co-op development professionals had some essentially racist feasibility studies that included criteria like how many white people lived in the area.”

Read Esteban’s full interview and more here on the CDS Consulting website