The Food, Fitness and Opportunity Research Collaborative’s (FFORC) partnership with the Warren County Food Policy Council, Colonial Lodge and Soul City Farm, located in Warrenton and Norlina, has been the result of long-term investment and relationship building. While FFORC team member Reverend Kearney’s work in the county started long before his partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill, connecting with the university and its resources has allowed him to continue engaging individuals in finding solutions for their health and increase his impact. In this talk, he will reflect on the rich history of Warren County and his partnerships. FFORC’s programming will be used to demonstrate the importance of long-term investment in a community and discuss how engagement means understanding power dynamics and the faults in long-established systems.
Reverend Bill Kearney