Charlotte’s Druid Hills neighborhood hosted our first event. Around the table sat representatives from local food banks, police and other public services, as well as local residents. I spoke with two of the people who joined the table talk to get their perspectives on hunger — both agreed simple conversation is a big part of the solution.
Nadine Ford manages two community gardens in the Charlotte area. She teaches the benefits of gardening to a new generation, and the fruits of her labor help feed her community. She’s passionate about ensuring people who’ve actually experienced hunger have a voice in finding solutions for the problem.
“Most of the time, when decisions are made about neighborhoods in need, the people making the decisions have never had to worry about their next meal,” she says. “The system is truly skewed, but it’s not that hard to fix. We just have to reach out and listen and be led, instead of doing the leading.”