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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Food Justice – Looking at the food supply in the Brazos Valley through a cultural lens

SMGP Grantee Nicaise Sheila M. Sagbo, a recent graduate from the University of Kentucky is coducting a Food Justice SMGP project in the Bryan/College Station area in Texas.

Food Justice – Looking at the Food Supply in the Brazos Valley through a Cultural Lens

2020-2021 Student Media Grant Program


NICAISE SHEILA SAGBO

Sheila is a recent graduate with a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from University of Kentucky. She was awarded a 2020-2021n SMGP grant to complete a Food Justice project. This project intends to document food insecurity and racial inequalities in access to food through photographs and videos. It will examine the cultural appropriateness of food offered by charitable food assistance programs such as food banks and pantries. The project will also document food diversity in a few grocery stores in different neighborhoods.

Motivation: Being an immigrant from Africa, Sheila understands the importance of consuming food that one actually enjoys and not just food to fill up. America is a melting pot, and the Brazos Valley is now a diverse place. Food on shelves, grocery stores, or food banks and pantries might better reflect the diverse population served.

Activities: During this project, she will conduct interviews with the Brazos Valley Food Bank and several food pantries to better understand their operation and their plans or actions regarding the cultural appropriateness of food supplied. Sheila will record videos and take pictures during those interviews and field visits. During the project, pictures capturing racialized access to food will be taken as well. For example, the same aisle at a local supermarket chain might offer different products depending on the neighborhood. These interviews, field visits, touring will take place from October 1 to December 31, 2020. Taking photos and videos during the holiday seasons will allow capturing the peak of food banks and food pantries' activity.


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FOOD JUSTICE PROJECT

SMGP Grantee Sheila Sagbo invites us to read a series of blogs about her Food Justice  project in the Brazos Valley

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Blog 1 - Food Justice

Being an immigrant from Africa, I understand I understand the importance of nostalgic food...

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Blog 2 - Food Giveaways

Observing and volunteering at a local church that distributes food to people...

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Blog 3 - Food Bank

Our local food bank unites communities in the Brazos Valley to nourish our neighbors in need...

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Blog 4 

Results, observations and recommendations...

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