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.”