Gathering to explore church’s role in promoting healthy eating

Gathering to explore church’s role in promoting healthy eating
February 04
00:00 2013

“Food, Faith, and Justice: A Common Calling,” a conference that will explore the role that churches and faith communities have in promoting wellness through improving access to healthy food, will be held next month.

Sponsored by Wake Forest University’s Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative at the School of Divinity, Translational Science Institute and Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, the conference will convene from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Winston-Salem State University Enterprise Conference and Banquet Center, 1922 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Malik Yakini and Haile Johnston will serve as the keynote speakers.

Yakini is the executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, which operates a four-acre farm. He is dedicated to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces black farmers in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa, and views the “good food revolution” as part of the larger movement for freedom, justice and equality. In 2012, he was the recipient of a prestigious Leadership Award in Food Justice from the James Beard Foundation.

Johnston is a Philadelphia-based social entrepreneur and founder of Common Market Philadelphia, a nonprofit distribution program for locally grown food. Since 2008, the Common Market has been supplying Philadelphia hospitals, universities, public and private schools, and eldercare facilities with locally and sustainably grown nutritious foods. His “Farm to Faith” program works with faith-based partners to bring good food directly to impoverished urban communities.

The conference is free, but space is limited. Advance registration is required. Download a registration form online at

For more information, call 336-716-0836.

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