Food justice means building a community-owned and -controlled food system that creates health, wealth, and dignity for all. It sets forth a vision for a just food system in order to generate thriving communities and equitable economies. There are many tactics to building food justice, such as health and nutrition programs, socially responsible enterprises, people- centered policy, and much more. Seems like co-ops have a crucial role to play, right?
Food co-ops take back ownership and power in the food system. For example, in the past few years we’ve seen low-income and rural communities start their own grocery cooperatives where grocery chains have refused to serve them for decades. However, we must also bear witness to other cases, where food co-ops have contributed to injustices such as gentrification and the displacement of people of color. The Food Justice Assessment and Equity Action Plan serves to support an introductory conversation and analysis towards putting equity at the core of every aspect of your cooperative in order to truly be a tool for justice. The following checklist aims to ask Who benefits? Who has a seat at the table? How are we creating transformative change?
This toolkit is a draft tool and we welcome feedback. CoFED can also offer additional support and facilitation for your organization or team to create inclusive, equitable, thriving food co-ops. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.