We hear them all the time: “So…Brainfood does food access for teenagers, right?” or “If you’re a public health organization, shouldn’t you be tracking your students’ weight loss?” or “I knew a drop in center that basically offered Brainfood programs for kids.”
Misconceptions abound about youth development, food education models, and what it means to let youth build their own programs at Brainfood. Some days, we laugh it off with a co-worker and swap stories about our individual messaging campaigns that haven't hit home yet with some of our closest family members and friends.
But some days, feeling like people don’t see the totality of our work can feel heavier. Some days, the voice of doubt keeps nagging you, making you wonder if what happens in our kitchen is really social justice work at all. Does making vegan pumpkin muffins as a group build a more just society? Is letting students vote on what recipes to make really justice practice? And how does it all stack up against those images in our head of social justice being about rallies and marches, big signs and bigger crowds?