In communities across the country organizations are implementing innovating programming and collaborating with partners to advance food systems change. Explore, learn from, and engage with these change-making organizations in these Featured pieces.
Across North America
“What started as a handful of fishermen determined to build community-based seafood systems, has since grown to a 200+ network of members across North America committed to providing local, healthful, low-impact, and sustainable seafood to communities.“
“FoodChain is scrappy and resourceful. When working to solve problems, we have a can-do attitude and therefore, we’re able to provide solutions by linking together seemingly disparate assets.”
“Dream of Wild Health is one of the few Native-led organizations doing agricultural programming in the Twin Cities… At DWH, we honor our Good Relative Policy in which we respect our elders, youth, water, plants, pollinators, animals, and mother earth. We believe that we are all related.”
“Alaska Food Hub provides opportunities for Cook Inlet Watershed producers and consumers to connect in a way that will create benefit for both.”
Mandela Partners’ capacity to quickly respond in a time of crisis was largely due to this systems approach to community work.
Communities Unlimited supports community wellbeing and prosperity in rural and underresourced, urban areas in the South.
New England region
A six-state network of nonprofit, public and private entities working together to transform our food system by increasing the amount of good, local food served in our region’s schools, hospitals, colleges and other institutions.
“Our focus is supporting local food councils, supporting cross-sector understanding and collaboration around community-led food and farm initiatives.“
NEC is a network of 200+ organizations imagining and building a future where people, communities, and ecosystems thrive.
“As the organization grew, we became more focused on how structural racism has led to disparities in food access and subsequent health outcomes across DC.“
South Royalton, VT
“We serve anyone working on food systems issues who might benefit from legal and policy expertise.“
“We are building a mutually supportive network of prosperous farmers, productive gardeners and informed consumers engaged in creating healthy communities.”
FFED serves producers, food businesses, and communities engaging in the food system or local economies.
New Orleans, LA
Propeller provides an impact accelerator program that fosters equitable growth through mentorship, technical assistance, and community-building.
“We have proven success in championing federal and state policies that strengthen impactful farm to school opportunities.“
“LLPP is unique in that we are the only nonprofit law firm in North Carolina that provides direct legal assistance to landowners and small farmers.“
“Our organization was created by, and for, our community. We are the leaders and the decision-makers.“
“Unlike most food policy councils that are formed through government/governmental agency action; the Detroit Food Policy Council (DFPC) was formed through community action.“
“The trainings we underwent provided us with a common language and solidified our commitment to racial justice; this was made actionable through our racial justice strategic plan.“
“As we build our network, we intentionally seek to build trust-filled relationships. Transparency of information is key to building trust, mobilizing across sectors and systems.”