The Atlanta Blackstar has an interesting article looking at the cultural importance of the church meals, but questions their impact on the high prevalence of obesity among Blacks.
It is an interesting read, but if you don’t want to read the whole thing, here is the author’s conclusion:
“It’s clear that the church dinner is about more than just food, although some members would likely be disappointed if certain traditional dishes were removed from the menu. However, it may be beneficial for churches to serve healthier dishes by reducing animal fat, cutting out processed ingredients and decreasing sugar and portion sizes. This will maintain the cultural importance of the church dinner, while helping members to maintain or establish good physical health.”