“Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives” challenges the entire campus community to explore wide-ranging topics from the regional study of food cultures and history in the American South to national and global issues of nutrition, community health and well-being, food security, world hunger, agricultural economics, resource management, sustainable development, climate change, and trade. As an international leader in food cultures, nutrition, and public health, UNC-Chapel Hill has long embraced food-related research, teaching, publication, and service.

“For, it is quite useless to think of anything without food. It is quite useless to think of poetry without it. It is quite useless to think of philosophy without it. It is quite useless to think of painting without it. It is quite useless to think of all high and passionate thought without it.”
—Thomas Wolfe, O Lost: A Story of the Buried Life


The goal of “Food for All” is to motivate conversation and research about food-focused scholarship and public engagement on a campus, state, national and global level. It will also encourage and support food-related activity such as new courses, digital humanities projects, film and documentary work, speaker series, scholar and artist-in-residence programs, applied research, performing arts events and services projects across the campus, the Triangle community, and North Carolina.


  1. The University as food systems innovator
  2. Teaching and learning about food
  3. The contribution of food to health promotion and disease prevention
  4. Food access/food justice
  5. The documentation of food cultures and history


  • The central importance of healthy food access and food security in today’s world;
  • The amount, quality, and variety of food-related courses and research being conducted by faculty members and students across campus;
  • Community interest in and support for sustainable agriculture and the presence of a robust local food culture in the Triangle area;
  • The proximity to area institutions, research, and business establishments with strong research capabilities and assets relating to food.