What is Food Justice?

Simply put, having a choice. Food Justice is communities exercising their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food. Healthy food is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate, and grown locally with care for the well-being of the environment, workers, and animals. People practicing food justice leads to a strong local food system, self-reliant communities, maintenance of the cultural significance of food, and a healthier environment across all facets of life.

 

Hunger and Nutrition

  • Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship – The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program trains the next generation of anti-hunger leaders through a combination of community-based field and national policy work. Participants learn about a range of approaches to eliminate hunger, poverty, and social inequality (particularly racism), and develop skills in areas such as program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy.
  • FoodCorps – FoodCorps is a year-long service program designed to promote healthy school food by educating children, building and maintaining school gardens, and bringing high-quality local food into public school cafeterias.
  • Food Research and Action Center – FRAC is a research and advocacy organization that focuses on community, state, and national level solutions to eliminate hunger and under-nutrition across the U.S. The organization regularly hosts interns and volunteers to develop skills in research, writing, and advocacy.
  • Hunger Volunteer – A project of New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH), Hunger Volunteer educates donors and the public about the impact of and solutions to hunger across the U.S. The program connects volunteers with anti-hunger organizations nationwide.
  • Urban Nutrition Initiative – Based in Philadelphia, the UNI program provides paid internships in food education and urban agriculture to high school students during both the school year and the summer. UNI interns play a significant role in improving community food systems through participation in multiple regional and national networks and conferences.

Food Access and Food Justice

  • The Food Trust – Based in Philadelphia, The Food Trust works to ensure that “everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions.” The organization regularly hosts student interns from a variety of backgrounds, including public health, social work, writing, nutrition education, business, tourism and hospitality, urban gardening, special events, community development, public policy, and urban studies.
  • Food and Water Watch – Food and Water Watch is a national consumer advocacy organization that challenges the “corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources.” Internship opportunities are available three times a year to undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students.
  • Food First – Food First is a think tank that advocates for policies that support a just, ecologically sound food system. Interns contribute to the organization through written work on issues related to food justice and food sovereignty, and many interns complete one or more publications.
  • Slow Food USA – Slow Food USA supports a global food system that is good, clean, and fair for all. The organization has 170 local chapters and 40 campus chapters across the U.S. and aims to preserve food cultures, cultivate new leadership, and connect communities through food. Slow Food USA offers internships year-round in a range of fields, including development, policy and advocacy, and operations.
  • The Declaration of Nyéléni (Declaration of the Forum for Food Sovereignty, Nyéléni 2007)
  • Food Justice Articles from Civil Eats
  • Food Justice Articles from Food First
  • Food Justice Series Printable Resources from Our Kitchen Table
  • Food Security, Food Justice, or Food Sovereignty? By Eric Holt-Giménez for Food First
  • Food Sovereignty Booklet from the National Family Farm Coalition and Grassroots International

Racial Equity and Justice in the Food System

Education and Academia

Government

International

  • FairTrade – FairTrade certifies products sold in the U.S. as fair trade in order to promote sustainable, ethical entrepreneurship across the globe. The organization regularly offers internship opportunities that build participants’ skills in research and writing on international development.
  • HelpX – HelpX includes listings for farms and ranches who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for room and board.
  • Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship – The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program is a two-year program that builds fellows’ skills to eradicate hunger and poverty worldwide. Fellows spend the first year working directly to promote food security in the field, and the second year applying their experiences to develop sound national and international development policies.
  • Oxfam America – Oxfam aims to end poverty and hunger worldwide by focusing on long-term solutions to injustice. There are several ways to get involved both in your local community and in the organization’s national offices in D.C. and Boston.
  • World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) – WWOOF offers workers the opportunity to connect with sustainable farmers across the globe, exchanging labor for on-farm room and board.

Additional Resources, Job Sites, and Listservs

General

  • COMFOOD Jobs – Allows individuals and organizations to post and search for jobs in the food and agriculture sectors. Based out of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
  • Farm and Food Jobs – Connects job seekers and prospective employers in agriculture and food related industries across all steps along the food chain.
  • Good Food Jobs – Help job seekers looking for meaningful food work find opportunities with farmers, restaurateurs, policy maker, economists, ecologists, and more.
    • GFJ’s gastrognomes blog profiles food professionals across multiple sectors to highlight how people develop their careers in the food system.

Farming

Food Policy Action

 

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