Food is where we meet, where we build, where we struggle, and where we survive.
Collectively cooking and sharing food is sanctified and celebrated community work in many cultures. With the passage of time, systems of imperialism--including capitalism and gentrification--have turned cooking into an inaccessible burden. Systemic classism and racism have made liquor stores and fast food chains more abundant than grocery stores. It has become increasingly difficult to cook and share meals. This also restricts our ability to share cultures, space, struggles, and solidarity.
In response to this inequality we have been creating accessible, healthy, and loving food spaces since 2007. Active in Oakland since 2011, we are committed to using local and organic ingredients whenever possible and sharing meals with as many people as we can. The goal of the People's Kitchen Collective is to not only fill our stomachs, but also nourish our souls, feed our minds, and fuel a movement.
We do this through:
Community Dining: We approach community dining as a social practice, creating meals in collaboration with artists, poets, researchers, and activists as multi-sensory productions of cultural resilience and joyous political critique.
Education: Through public speaking and workshops, we share our expertise and research of food and social movements to build solidarity across race, class, nationality, and gender.
Exhibitions and Programming: We create participatory projects with museums, galleries, and in public spaces that engage the social politic and potential of food.