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Black Churches, Powerful Cultural Forces, Set Their Sights on Food Security

The Baltimore-based Black Church Food Security Network is building a community-centered food system to combat ‘food apartheid' by connecting Black farmers with historically African-American churches.

On a warm weekend in early May, Reverend Heber Brown of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore led a delegation of his members on a tour of Browntown Farms in Warfield, Virginia and the Coalition for Healthier Eating food hub in Bethel, North Carolina. For Brown, the founder of the Black Church Food Security Network (BCFSN), the day trip was a concrete step toward solidifying strong relationships between Black residents of East Coast cities and Black farmers in the rural south.

“We explored how we can help one another, as we’re impacted by food inequity in similar and distinct ways,” says Brown.

The ultimate goal is to build a sustainable, community-centered food system anchored by Black churches and Black food producers and led by those most directly affected by economic inequity.

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