FOOD JUSTICE & EQUITY
This has devastating impacts on young people’s performance in school, as well as their short and long term health. What are we leaving our children for the future? How can we ask our youth to operate in a world in which biologically the food itself is destroying our health?
We believe that we have the ability to solve our local hunger and food insecurity challenges through growing food, empowering our youth, dismantling institutional racism and creating opportunities to assure that healthy, nutritious, local, affordable food is available for all residents in our home city of Springfield, MA and beyond.
12 Things You Can Do To Grow The Movement for Food Justice:
1. Organize for racial justice; find out who is doing food/racial justice work in your community and get involved
2. Reclaim abandoned land and grow food with your neighbors
3. Talk to your friends and neighbors about food and racial justice (how some communities have access to healthy, affordable locally grown food while others don’t)
4. Support living wages for food workers and farm workers
5. Join your local Farm Share (CSA) program; encourage them to offer a sliding scale fee and flexible payments for members
6. Organize to get grocery stores to locate in neighborhoods like Mason Square
7. Look at what doesn’t work and build alternatives
8. Petition to get fresh, healthy food into public schools
9. Support local growers; shop at Farmers’ Markets whenever possible (especially the Mason Square Farmers’ Market!)
10. Get your community’s grocery stores, corner stores and institutions to buy locally grown food
11. Become an active member of your local Food Policy Council