Malik Yakini, executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, was recently announced as a recipient of a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award. The awards celebrate the visionaries responsible for creating a healthier, safer and more sustainable food world.
Malik Yakini was selected for his work to “ensure social justice food equity, and food security to the people of Detroit.” The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grantee, and we congratulate Malik Yakini and many others for their efforts to build food security and local leadership in Detroit’s African American community.
In addition to Mr. Yakini, other recipients of the 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards include Wendell Berry, author; Dr. Jason Clay, senior vice president of Market Transformation for the World Wildlife Fund; Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; and Tensie Whelan, president of the Rainforest Alliance and co-chair of the Sustainable Food Lab Advisory Board.