cultural appropriation & our approaches to food work
A Self-Assessment of K is for Kitchen & West Philly's Community Support Kitchen
Around Imbolc-tide 2020, we received some important feedback. Our attention was drawn to ways in which our work with food can be experienced as culturally appropriative and harmful, particularly our professional cooking of foodways from cultures with which we have no clear or known ancestral connection.
Receiving this feedback moved us to conduct a deep self-assessment of our food work, with the aim of coming into ever greater alignment with our fundamental goal of serving all Life, as well as the many nested goals that flow from there. Our process included self-reflection, reading & listening to additional resources about cultural appropriation & food, and consulting with colleagues & friends.
The document linked below is the public & open-source result of this self-assessment. We seek here to evaluate & share our approaches to our food work as a whole, which includes the wide range of services described above, as well as those offered by West Philly's Community Supported Kitchen (CSK).
We hope that sharing this piece of our journey with you will offer greater context to our overall vision for, and choices regarding, the CSK and K is for Kitchen.
Thank you for your witness, time, and energy.