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Stakeholders Analysis in Durham’s Food System

A 2017 Masters’ Project from the Nicholas School of the Environment conducted an initial scoping of the actors, issues, and opportunities in Durham’s local food system. While not comprehensive of the entire landscape, serves as a grounding document to begin to understand the network of institutions working on food in Durham and the connectedness among them. The goal of this project is to expand on this initial scoping project, namely in the non-profit sector. The purpose for focusing on the non-profit sector is tied to the Durham Food History project, noting that non-profit organizations were seemingly non-existent prior to the 1970’s, and the time period from the 1907’s through the 1990’s saw a significant increase in the number of non-profit organizations, particularly non-profit organizations focused on food and food insecurity.

The scan of nonprofit organizations will identify the active nonprofits in Durham’s food system today, their mission, budget, and founding dates, in order to understand the role of nonprofits both historically and today in addressing food system issues. Additionally, we will look at the demographics of leadership (Board and Executive Staff) of these nonprofits to inform the theme of power and benefit in the Durham Food Justice Plan as well as to frame an understanding of what already qualifies as Equitable Food Oriented Development in Durham.

Project Outputs

  • Excel database of Durham food-focused nonprofit organizations
  • Analysis of size of organizations, founding date, staff size, budget, missions, areas of focus and funding streams



  • Dan Stevenson, Sanford School of Public Policy, MPP candidate
  • Jen Zuckerman, Duke World Food Policy Center
  • Gizem Templeton, Duke World Food Policy Center