Charlotte Food & Social Mobility Summit: Report & Recommendations

Authors: 
Jennifer Zuckerman
Published: 
July 2019
Type of Publication: 
Report
The Duke Endowment, Novant Health, and the Winer Family Foundation sponsored the Charlotte Food and Social Mobility Summit on May 15, 2019 with the purpose of understanding the impacts of Charlotte’s food system on the health and economic well-being of people living in the Charlotte metro area as well as to determine recommendations for action through a racial equity lens.
The Duke Endowment, Novant Health, and the Winer Family Foundation sponsored the Charlotte Food and Social Mobility Summit on May 15, 2019 with the purpose of understanding the impacts of Charlotte’s food system on the health and economic well-being of people living in the Charlotte metro area as well as to determine recommendations for action through a racial equity lens.
 
Duke University’s World Food Policy Center (WFPC) facilitated the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the summit. The event brought together more than 100 leaders from the philanthropic, government, nonprofit, business, and community perspective. Presentations and discussions included overviews of the following topics:
  • Benchmarking Charlotte’s food system and access to healthy food
  • Lessons learned from food justice planning in Durham, North Carolina
  • Framing a community-led and institution-supported model of food justice work
  • An historical perspective of the policies and practices driving the racial wealth gap and food system disparities
  • Food security barriers and strategies
  • Community-led examples of food justice initiatives
 
The WFPC conducted on-site and post-event evaluation to get feedback from attendees related to barriers and opportunities to move forward on community-led food justice efforts in the Charlotte metro area.
 
Based on community conversations, presentations from the summit, and summit evaluations, the WFPC recommends:
  • Creating strategies to deepen a shared race equity understanding in the Charlotte metro area
  • Conducting education to create a shared understanding of the national, state, and local history that has contributed to the inequities in food, business ownership, and land ownership in the Charlotte metro area
  • Establishing and/or expanding a coordinating body for existing activities in the food system space
  • Exploring existing and developing new mechanisms for accessing capital for entrepreneurs of color
  • Collaborating as institutions and funders to support a community-led initiative