Joshua Lohnes recently defended a dissertation in geography at West Virginia University titled "The Food Bank Fix: Hunger, Capitalism and Humanitarian Reason."
Drawing on a five-year institutional ethnography of food banking networks, his research explores the moral, political and economic place of charities in the wider food economy. He currently serves as the food policy research director in the Food Justice Lab developing action research projects through data sharing tools and planning resources that support food policy and anti-hunger coalitions in Appalachia.
He is involved in a number of cooperative food projects, including Conscious Harvest Cooperative, a community food security collective that works to address food access gaps in Monongalia county. He is also a worker owner of FIRSTHAND cooperative, a coffee company that provides resources for building alternative economies in West Virginia and beyond. Josh grew up in France and now lives in Morgantown with his wife Jenna and three children Evie-Louise, Elias, and Jude.