What We Do

Food for Black Thought (FFBT) is an action research initiative based in Austin, Texas. Initially launched as a groundbreaking local symposium in 2012, today we create educational resources that promote more socially-just food systems and food projects. You can also find us collaborating with grassroots organizations and consulting on policy issues. Black experiences with food are our lens. Black food experiences in the United States and beyond provide insights about how food systems work (or do not), underscore the power of community-based food practices, and demonstrate resilience. In the midst of rapid urban and rural change, widening wealth gaps, and more, we believe these insights are critical for Black and non-Black communities alike.

FFBT Snapshot

How We Work | Capacity Building. Action Research. Dialogue.

We create  + consult for campuses, classrooms, non-profits, neighborhood organizations, grassroots collectives, and other communities committed to just food systems. Our resources focus on 1) conducting mindful action research, 2) critical self and group reflection, 3) mobilizing community assets and knowledge, and 4) analysis of systemic local/global issues. Each of these supports project- and relationship-building.

Our Approach | Intersectional. Participatory. Holistic. 

We take into account how race/racism, class, gender, sexuality, mobility, and other aspects of peoples’ lived experience intersect. We emphasize self reflection and self care. Critical participatory action research informs our approach.

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