Meet The Fellows

From left: Nelson Carrasquillo, Charity Hicks, Triste Cosse (standing in for Dana Parfait), 
Diana Lopez and Kolu Zigbi


Four community-based activists from New Jersey, Michigan, Louisiana and Texas were recently introduced as the first fellows in the Everybody at the Table for Health (EAT4Health) initiative created by the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. This innovative initiative is also supported by other funding partners: the Compton, Kresge, Surdna and Lawson Valentine foundations, New York Community Trust, and Schmidt Family Foundation’s 11th Hour Project.

EAT4Health Project Director, Kolu Zigbi, of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation says “Our goal is to bring about better food and farm policy by supporting community-based leaders who will help bridge the gap between grassroots community organizing and national advocacy. Ultimately, we hope EAT4Health will lead to enactment of federal food and farm policies that support community well-being, which we define as environmental, economic and food justice for all.”

The fellows have been impacted by food system inequities personally and have demonstrated a long-term commitment to their communities, Zigbi says. The four fellows also have advocated successfully at the local level and are excellent public speakers.

The EAT4Health Fellows are: Nelson Carrasquillo, representing Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA); Charity Hicks, representing East Michigan Environmental Action Council; Diana Lopez, representing Southwest Workers’ Union; and Dana Parfait, representing Costal Communities Collaborative.

Learn more about the fellows here.