FEATURE: JoVonna Johnson-Cooke

JoVonna Johnson- Cooke is a veganic farmer, chef and food justice activist working in Atlanta. JoVonna is the owner and co-founder of Maitufoods, a vegan meal delivery service and vegan nutrition education hub. Through MaituFoods, she is working to develop culturally appropriate and accessible educational materials that highlight the benefits of healthy nutrition through a vegan diet. 

Since 2008, MaituFoods has served more than 1,920 vegan school lunches to children and more than 1,000 vegan meals to families. The overall mission of MaituFoods is to honor the art of food rituals, and to serve humanity in a way that promotes the least harm and the most good for people, animals, and the environment. 

With her husband, JoVonna co-founded Grow Where You Are, an organization committed to increasing local food sovereignty by assisting individuals and communities in creating sustainable, plant-based local food systems. Grow Where You Are has transformed numerous urban spaces in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Atlanta by establishing community food gardens & vegetable farms. 

"We as a planet can no longer sustain ourselves off of the slaughter and consumption of animals. The mass farming and consuming of animals to fuel an unimaginative, degenerated palate and an annihilating, cruelty-based industry has brought us close to a place of irreconcilable destruction. We believe that with a vegan lifestyle that includes veganic growing and farm production to feed the masses of people, we can begin to restore our environment and our relationship to the Earth and its living beings." -JoVonna Johnson-Cooke

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