Weiss Urban Livability Program

2016-2017 Weiss Fellows Project:
A Community Foodways Walking Tour

Information provided by Travis Crayton, Senior Fellow for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018:

For their community project, the 2016-2017 Weiss Fellows designed and held a foodways walking tour of downtown Chapel Hill. In addition to this walking tour, they designed a social media campaign branded as #MyFoodways to learn about how people in the UNC, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro community access food and think about food.

These two projects together enabled the Weiss Fellows to learn more about food, its relationship to urban livability, and the different approaches to food and food access. Additionally, by rooting this project in the local community, fellows had the opportunity to meet members of the community and learn more about the community outside of UNC.

The foodways walking tour was designed to highlight facts about downtown Chapel Hill's food scene that may otherwise not be noticed by even locals. The tour discussed the philanthropic culture of some of the downtown's most popular restaurants, including Vimala's, Mediterranean Deli, and Crook's Corner. Other stops included highlighting local community gardens and food pantries that might be hidden in plain sight to many community members. Additional stops also highlighted minority-owned businesses of historical importance to the local community and local gathering places for specific populations within the community.

The social media campaign invited community members to share how they access food with a small statement and a picture. These photos and stories have been gathered for a website.

The fellows were awarded a Food for All microgrant from the University-wide Food for All campus theme for this project.

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2016-2017 Weiss Fellows


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