In the ever-evolving social sector, where innovation, policy change, and entrepreneurship are welcomed, we always turn to our colleagues on the ground for guidance and their expertise. As you learn more about food justice, the following are a few of the organizations that we learn from. We invite you to click through each of them on your food justice journey to better understand the landscape in New York City.
Farm Aid works year-round to build a system of agriculture that values family farmers, good food, soil and water, and strong communities. Their annual music and food festival celebrates farmers, eaters, and music coming together for change.
The Worker Justice Center of New York
The Worker Justice Center of New York pursues justice for those denied human rights with a focus on agricultural and other low wage workers, through legal representation, community empowerment and advocacy for institutional change.
National Young Farmers Coalition
The National Young Farmers Coalition represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success. They envision a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained, and take a little risk can support themselves and their families in farming.
Socially Responsible Agricultural Project
Socially Responsible Agricultural Project works to help communities across the U.S. replace industrial livestock production with ecologically sound, socially equitable, and economically viable animal agriculture. Through public education, issue advocacy, and local community organizing, they empower rural residents to protect their public health, environmental quality, natural resources and local economies from the damaging impacts of factory farms.
Just Food is a pioneer in food justice and an advocate for sustainable agriculture thanks to their emphasis on community-driven solutions to inequities in the food system. Just Food galvanizes engaged individuals to develop thriving communities that have the power to feed, educate, and advocate for each other. They envision a sovereign and healthy food system rooted in racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.
Food Bank for NYC
Food Bank For New York City has been working to end food poverty in the five boroughs for over 35 years. As the city’s largest hunger-relief organization, they employ a multifaceted approach centered on helping low-income New Yorkers overcome their circumstances and achieve greater independence. Their mission is to end hunger by organizing food, information and support for community survival, empowerment, and dignity.
City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. They will rescue 66 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens and other community partners across the five boroughs. Their programs help food-insecure New Yorkers access nutritious food that fits their needs and desires; increase their partners’ capacity; and strengthen the local food system, building a path to a food-secure future for all New Yorkers.
La Finca del Sur
La Finca del Sur/South Bronx Farmers is an urban farmer cooperative led by Latina and black women and their allies. They are committed to building healthy neighborhoods through economic empowerment, increased nutritional awareness, training and education, and advocating for social and political equality and food justice in low-income communities.
Project EATS is a neighborhood-based project that uses art, urban agriculture, partnerships, and social enterprise to sustainably produce and equitably distribute essential resources within and between local communities; especially those where people live on working class and low-incomes. To do this, they bring diverse neighbors together to take agency over the use of land in their neighborhood and provide the infrastructure and support for a community to develop their resources into productive spaces.
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