Shirl Cook, from Siler City, NC has lived in poverty all her life, and faced a variety of health issues. She is also a writer. She will join the Food Justice panel to share her story, her challenges and her dreams for a different future for her daughter, Laketa.
Jessica Norwood, will be traveling up from Alabama where she is a leading social entrepreneur, working to strengthen social enterprise and community investing as a way to build community resiliency. She directs the Emerging ChangeMakers Network training emerging leaders from in communities that have been traditionally marginalized in the Deep South.
Demetrius Hunter is co-founder of Grocers on Wheels, a food truck that serves food desert communities in the greater Raleigh area.
John Parker will moderate this panel and together they will take on the challenging topic – how do we create a local food movement that feeds everyone who eats – not just a select few.