Breakfast Neighborhood Units: Collectivize the Breakfast
Black Panther Party, an organization started in 1968 fighting against systemic racism by organizing communities, started the Free Breakfast for Children program in Oakland, then replicated in different places. This initiative triggered the current federally funded School Breakfast Program, which started in the 70s. Until today, this program is implemented through the school system. The enrollment rate is linked to social stigma, racial segregation, and poverty. The meals are unhealthy and do not adapt to the priorities of diverse communities and personal eating habits. My goal with this project is to expand the current breakfast program, make it available to all children at no charge but separate them from the school system. Children will have breakfast at a breakfast unit in their neighborhood before they go to school. The units are lifted above the streets to guarantee the right of way for kids and ensure protected areas under the units. The units are transportable responding to dramatic changes in the childrens’ population. The units are also subject to other activities of gathering and socializing for the community, as a sort of enclosed park that increases community life in the neighborhood and cultivates urban leadership.