Philadelphia FPAC

Laquanda Dobson

Laquanda Dobson has been involved in the food justice movement since she was sixteen. Since then, she has attended many conferences across the country talking about health and food. She is inspired to work with youth for change. She most recently worked with the Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI) and their mission to fight injustices in our food system. She was the Food and Garden Education Crew Leader at High School for the Future. She empowered youth to make healthy lifestyle, through cooking, gardening and public speaking. Laquanda has always had a love for food and says her favorite part about her job was cooking with youth and helping them to think outside of the box on real world problems. Laquanda has been featured in GRID Magazine, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America Report and WHYY Fit Philly. She has also worked with Philadelphia Urban Food and Fitness Alliance (PUFFA) and the African American Collaborative Obesity Network, and helped plan two National Rooted in Community Youth Food Leadership Retreats. Laquanda has also played a role in the development of the Youth Food Bill of Rights, which was declared in Philadelphia the summer of 2011 by 250 youth. Laquanda was selected to be a US delegate, for Slow Food Terra Madre 2012 in Turin, Italy and worked to build solidarity with the international food movement. Currently, Laquanda is a full time student at Community College of Philadelphia, studying Culinary Arts. After studying culinary arts and education, Laquanda aspires to start her own educational project to empower youth to create healthy food systems.