Tahirah Spann is a California-born, South Carolina-raised food equality advocate and educator. Growing up, the importance of whole foods to overall wellness were instilled, leading her to work within schools throughout Northern California and South Carolina implementing agriculture, art, and literacy projects. It was these experiences that exposed her to the vast disparities in food access and education. Realizing that many students simply didn’t know where food comes from or where food scraps go, and more importantly the role we all play in this process, Tahirah made it her life’s work to change the perception of food through exposure and access. In 2015, Tahirah founded the Sugar Beat Project, an organization whose aim is to develop community-centered sustainable food practices and increase food access and awareness as a means to restore holistic wellness and vibrancy in our communities.