Come to the Table is pleased to bring you a series of videos highlighting the work of our partners and collaborators. We hope and encourage you to share these as resources within your community, to learn from and celebrate good work with one another.
Danny Peed, Community Food Network from RAFI-USA on Vimeo. “One of the most important decisions that people make in their lives is the food they eat.” Danny Peed explains how socioeconomic barriers affect a family’s food choices, and how his work at the Community Food Network in eastern North Carolina aims to fix that. Joy Williams, Partners in Health and Wholeness, NC Council of Churches from RAFI-USA on Vimeo. “When we think about tackling such a huge bear as our food policies that govern our nation, it takes more than one person. It takes more than one community.” In this insightful interview, Joy Williams of Partners in Health and Wholeness discusses how collaboration and faith can propel us toward robust, sustainable solutions to hunger.
Neftali Cuello, Poder Juvenil Campesino (Rural Youth Power) and NC Field
Neftali Cuello, Poder Juvenil Campesino & NC Field from RAFI-USA on Vimeo. Neftali Cuello is a prominent youth leader in her rural community of Pink Hill, NC. She is a member of Poder Juvenil Campesino (Rural Youth Power), a group of youth farmworkers and activists. Children as young as 6 years old work in North Carolina fields. Farmworker youth have the highest high school dropout rate in the nation. Neftali and her peers are organizing at home and on the policy level for the empowerment of their community and their families. Listen to her speak about the exciting new projects ahead, including the launch of a new natural garden for farmworker families!
Rev. Richard Joyner and Tobias Hopkins, Conetoe Family Life Center
Rev. Richard Joyner & Tobias Hopkins, Conetoe Family Life Center from RAFI-USA on Vimeo. In this interview, Reverend Richard Joyner and youth leader Tobias Hopkins discuss their community food work in Conetoe, NC. Population 365, Conetoe is a small town on the eastern edge of Edgecombe County. Edgecombe has the highest rate of diabetes of NC’s 100 counties, and it ranks 96 in overall health outcomes. The congregation of Conetoe Chapel Missionary Baptist Church witnessed this health epidemic on a weekly basis, as well as the challenges of unemployment (within the congregation, around 65%) and low educational attainment. Through the Conetoe Family Life Center, Rev. Joyner, Tobias and more youth and community members have grown to understand and appreciate growing food as a vehicle for change. Be sure to watch the entire video–you don’t want to miss Tobias’s lovely singing!
2013 Come to the Table Conference Highlights – Kinston
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