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By 2025, 100% of Communities Will Hold Power in a Racially Just Food System
National Farm to School Network has a vision of a racially just food system for all, and we work to achieve that vision through farm to school – the ways kids eat, grow, and learn about food in schools and early care and education settings. Two years ago, we embarked on a systems mapping process to sketch out the next chapter of farm to school’s evolution. After receiving input from our network of partners and members, one thing was very clear: Inequities based on race persist, and we will not achieve a racially just food system if we do not dismantle these inequities.
So we’re issuing a call to action for ourselves and for our entire food system: By 2025, 100% of communities will hold power in a racially just food system.
We share this call to action as a pressing need that none of us can reach alone. It’s going to take all of us, and it’s achievable if we each offer our time, talents and resources to make it happen. Read on below to learn more and find ways to join us in taking action towards this goal.
WATCH: Helen Dombalis, NFSN Executive Director, share the story behind our call to action during our 2020 Movement Meeting.
A more just and equitable food system is possible – but it's going to take all of us to get us there. To motivate, activate, and coordinate our collective work, National Farm to School Network invites you to plug into our Call to Action: By 2025, 100% of communities will hold power in a racially just food system. Your hopes and dreams, skills and talents, contributions and presence are all welcome and needed for this Call to Action to become reality. On June 23, 2021 we hosted a virtual Community Gathering to dig into how farm to school – the ways kids eat, grow, and learn about food in schools and early care and education settings – can be part of the work to shift power and cultivate justice in our food system. Watch recordings of the sessions below.
Training Session: Shifting Power in the Food System
This event was funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this training event do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
Our Call to Action Narrative
This narrative resource shares our story about who we are, where we've been, where we need to go, and how the Call to Action will help get us there. This narrative is an invitation to learn about the Call to Action and to join National Farm to School Network in this important work. Read more here.
Our Commitment to Racial Equity
National Farm to School Network is committed to advancing racial equity and correcting injustices in our food system. On our equity webpage, read about how farm to school is a strategy for change, our commitment to equity throughout all aspects of our work, and find resources that can be helpful to your efforts. Read more here.
Share Your Commitment to this Call to Action
Our Call to Action must match what is needed, and what is needed is coordinated action. Provide your personal and/or organization’s information below to join this movement, stay up-to-date on our collective progress towards the Call to Action, and co-create a more racially just future together. Share your commitment here.
Levers for Change
There are many overlapping and intersecting movements and systems that need to activate in order to to move towards this call to action. For us at National Farm to School Network, this means focusing on how farm to school must shift and adapt to support communities in holding power in a racially just food system. Through the systems mapping process, we identified three equity-centered priority areas that will help move us the further distances in the shortest amount of time to meet this call to action:
Relationships: Which relationships – with organizations and individuals in communities – will shift power and achieve a racially just food system?
Strategies: What transformational and outcome-driven strategies will eliminate bias and redistribute power to achieve a racially just food system?
Programs and policy: What program and policies will shift power and achieve a racially just food system?
Join Us & Get Involved
The inequities in our current food system are as old as the history of settler colonialism, stolen land from Indigenous peoples, and forced enslavement of African peoples, on whose backs, literally, our American agricultural system was built. It is beyond time for achieving a racially just food system to be a priority for our movement and why we’re calling for coordinated action.
We share this call to action as a pressing need that none of us can reach alone. It’s going to take all of us. It’s achievable if we each offer our time, talents and resources to make it happen. Here’s how you can join us: