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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(2), 57; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8020057

The Good Food Revolution: Building Community Resiliency in the Mississippi Delta

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College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
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Department of Sociology, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS 39762, USA
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Delta Fresh Foods Initiative, Hernando, MS 38632, USA
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Received: 2 November 2018 / Revised: 31 January 2019 / Accepted: 11 February 2019 / Published: 16 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Engaged Scholarship for Resilient Communities)
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The Mississippi Delta represents one of the greatest concentrations of rural persistent poverty in the United States. High unemployment, high food insecurity, higher rates of obesity and diabetes, and low access to healthy, affordable food characterize much of the 18 counties in the region. In the face of this, The Good Food Revolution, a community-based program to address food related health and thereby employment, developed in response to significant need in three small communities in North Bolivar County, Mississippi, bringing together community members, public and private sector organizations, researchers and students. This paper examines the process of community-engaged scholarship from the theoretical lens on building community capacity and resiliency developed by Chaskin. Increasing community capacity for all participants in the Good Food Revolution project through community-engaged scholarship has built resilient communities that are engaging more communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: community; resiliency; capacity; mississippi delta; food insecurity community; resiliency; capacity; mississippi delta; food insecurity
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Hossfeld, L.; Kerr, L.J.; Belue, J. The Good Food Revolution: Building Community Resiliency in the Mississippi Delta. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 57.

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