#SummerThrowback: Building Community Through Food Sovereignty

By Valentín S. RSS Mon, August 30, 2021

This week, we're taking a little stroll down memory lane with #summerthrowback to highlight how food can be holistic, radical, and more than anything—should be a right, not a privilege.

We learn from community members by way of Good Food for All about their take on nutrition, food, and the ways it can bring communities together.

Florence Purvis, a Community Chef Trainee's goal is simple—to provide the community with something warm to eat and a way to bring everybody together. She sees it as a basic right to eat and a way to bring multicultural and multigenerational people together in her neighborhood. "Often I see people who don't have enough money to eat... I just want to make sure that everybody gets a nice meal and a nutritious meal... and that's just my way of making sure everybody's taken of."

"You have to respect your body enough to know what it is that you're putting in your body," are the wise words of Abdellah Abdul Qawi, Executive Director of Muslims Serve, a nonprofit that serves the Philadelphia and Camden communities with free meals and food services through local Islamic centers.

Natalie Walker chimes in with the importance of making nutritious meals for her family while it still tastes good and is affordable. "Money-wise, you're thinking about the most you can get for your money, making sure you have enough long-lasting food for your family... when we're thinking about nutrition, we're not only thinking about the taste, we need to be thinking about how to cook it the best way to get the most out of it. I lock it in, and I apply it to a lot of recipes I make now."

An abundance of vegetables and herbs are reaching towards the sky at Lillian Marrero Library's community garden back in 2018. Having had past programming with Edible Alphabet, the community garden has also supported other projects with English Language Learners and youth from the neighborhood in planting healthy fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

We invite you to join us for more nutritious, delicious bites on Instagram and Facebook, as well as our website.

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