The industrial food system has created a crisis in the United States that is characterized by abundant food for privileged citizens and “food deserts” for the historically marginalized. In response, food justice activists based in low-income communities of color have developed community-based solutions, arguing that activities like urban agriculture, nutrition education, and food-related social enterprises can drive systemic social change. Focusing on the work of several food justice groups—including Community Services Unlimited, a South Los Angeles organization founded as the nonprofit arm of the Southern California Black Panther Party—More Than Just Food explores the possibilities and limitations of the community-based approach, offering a networked examination of the food justice movement in the age of the nonprofit industrial complex.
Garrett M. Broad is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.
"More Than Just Food highlights the powerful role that food can play in connecting communities, celebrating cultural histories, and establishing a more just society for all. Combining the rigor of a scholar and the passion of an activist, Garrett M. Broad offers both practical and theoretical contributions that will help the food justice movement continue to grow.—Bryant Terry, author, activist, and recipient of a 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award
"Community-based organizations throughout the country are working to promote health, equity and sustainability through urban food activism. More Than Just Food offers an in-depth investigation of the potential for such activism to achieve social and racial justice in Los Angeles and beyond. As a scholar-activist, Broad offers insightful suggestions for future movement organizing, media storytelling, and policy advocacy."—Alison Hope Alkon, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of the Pacific
"More Than Just Food is an utterly compelling and intellectually satisfying discussion of the historical and contemporary relevance of food justice concerns to any serious conversation about racism, community organizing, and social justice more generally. Garrett M. Broad has written a powerful account of how and why the politics of healthy food access and activism can shed new and valuable light on questions of inclusion, fairness, and inequality in an interconnected and neoliberal world."—John L. Jackson, Jr., Richard Perry University Professor and Dean of the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania