erbody eatzJ’Kwon Fulmore is looking to make an impact when it comes to food security in Cumberland County. He is hosting the inaugural community kickback, essentially a big cookout, at the Crown Coliseum VIP Parking Lot West located at 1960 Coliseum Drive on June 8 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. through his nonprofit Er’Body Eatz. This event is free to the community and will feature food, vendors and live music.
The purpose of the kickback is to bring the community together to learn about the fresh food options around the Cumberland County area, such as butchers and farmers.
“It’s our first community kickback. This is essentially our introduction to the Fayetteville area. We are working on introducing ourselves to the whole Sandhills region. But we are starting in our own backyard. We are going to be utilizing the Crown West VIP parking lot to congregate with the communities and allow them to meet their local farmers, butchers, vendors, and resources they may not get to interact with on a daily basis.
"Essentially this is just going to be one giant Saturday cookout. We are going to have 9 or 10 volunteer grill masters on the grills. I do teach at FTCC, culinary arts, so I am going to have some of my students out there doing their thing as well. It’s completely free to the public, we are applying for grants to fund the whole thing so we just ask that you guys come out, hang out, and come hungry. We will have a bunch of vendor tables out there. They are also selling some things they want to as well,” Fulmore said of the upcoming event.
A Fayetteville native, J’Kwon Fulmore's life journey has taken him all over the country, picking up new skills and experience at every stop. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and retired private chef, Fulmore is well-versed in food.
Er’Body Eatz is a passion movement of Fulmore. After traveling with his pro-athlete clients to their hometowns to teach about nutrition and sustainability, he knew it was time to come home and spread that knowledge to the people in his hometown.
“The point of Er’Body Eatz is to one, teach sustainability, gardening, and homesteading in an urban environment, but number two, what to do with that produce after we harvest it because it’s only half the battle to receive those goods, the farm fresh groceries and things of that sort. But if you don’t know what to do with it, that’s how you end up boiling broccoli until all the nutrients are out of it or using your fresh potatoes and deep fry them in oil. You’re not getting any of the benefits of the things you’re supposed to be getting,” Fulmore said, explaining the purpose behind the project.
From the kitchen of Le Cordon Bleu to the classroom at FTCC, Fulmore plans to pour his experience, knowledge, and passion back into the community that raised him and create a more food-secure and sustainable future for the coming generations. Fulmore is on a mission to put community gardens all over Cumberland County and beyond. Er’Body Eatz is currently seeking monetary donations and land donations for the community gardens.
To donate to Er’Body Eatz, visit the GoFundMe at https://gofund.me/9ac40a43. To learn more about what the organization does and how you can get involved, visit the website, https://erbodyeatzordering.wixsite.com/mysite.

(Photo: J'Kwon Fulmore, the mind behind Er'Body Eatz, is a Le Cordon Bleu graduate and teacher at FTCC. Fulmore hopes to bring food security and awareness to the Sandhills region. Photo by MelaJay Photography)

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