Daily Archives: February 13, 2024

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Suzanne Cope | Food as a Tool for Social and Political Change

Making and consuming food is, inherently, a cooperative activity. These acts derive much of their power from being a communal activity. This had such resonance in the Black Panther Party’s work. The Free Breakfast for Children program fulfilled specific needs: of feeding children and getting them to school. But it was also the choice of food, how the Panthers sourced the food, who made the food, and everything that happened during and around eating: homework help, Black history, and the mentoring from young, smart people in the young childrens’ community. And the amount of coordination — and cooperation! — that had to occur to actually run the breakfast program was astounding. [Continue reading here…]