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9/13/18
The Food Solutions New England Process Team (our "steering" or advisory team) has voted to endorse the Campaign for Real Meals , recognizing the leverage to be gained in making specific targets more visible in the massive food service industry in North America. Industrial food service represents a $51 billion sector in the US alone, with three firms - Sodexo, Aramark and Compass Group -
8/27/18
FSNE Note: We are honored to share this piece from Vanessa Garcia Polanco, an alumna of FSNE's Network Leadership Institute, as she heads out on her next adventure! I am moving to the midwest to pursue graduate school. Ready for the challenge that is to learn a new regional culture, new food systems and English words that will substitute New England colloquialism like bubbler and wicked. As a
8/8/18
FSNE Comment: As we get ready to start organizing the fifth consecutive 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge for April 2019, we are taking a moment to reflect on the learning from this past year. This post, from Curtis Ogden of the Interaction Institute for Social Change , shares how the impacts of the Challenge are rippling ever outward... “We never know how our small activities will
7/30/18
This week's lead blog post comes from our colleagues at Real Food Challenge , active members of the Food Solutions New England regional network. Real Food Challenge is excited to announce a technical update to our Real Food Standards! In an effort to keep our Standards aligned with changes in the food industry, Real Food Challenge students and alumni leaders have conducted research in
6/4/18
In our region, the Connecticut River Valley in Massachusetts, there is a lot of talk right now amongst community food organizations about the whiteness of the majority of people leading those organizations, and what that means in building an equitable, resilient food system. There’s also talk about the Farm Bill reauthorization (which is underway right now) and the impact it could have on
5/21/18
This post was originally published on the Interaction Institute for Social Change blog by Curtis Ogden on May 14, 2018. On April 22nd, the fourth annual 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge wrapped up. This Food Solutions New England project was originally conceived as a “network innovation” to spread and deepen the conversation about and commitment around addressing race and racism in
4/18/18
I am writing this for white-identifying nonprofit board members, directors, project managers, or funders. I hope these activists will also find it important to candidly talk about community based programs addressing food, housing, environmental health, public and mental health, or racial equity and two problems, that as a white cis woman, I hear and discuss regularly: A majority of funding for
4/12/18
Through 400 years of plantation enslavement, lynchings, lost years of family history, loss of earning potential through lack of inheritances, and generations of neglected educational opportunities, African American producers and land owners have been placed seriously behind the starting line without the proverbial boots or straps. Given the tremendous losses throughout centuries of state
4/10/18
The reason that I as a Black person work to end inequity in the entire food system is simple: Black farmers currently operate less than 1% of the nation’s farms 85% of the people working the land in the US are Latinx migrant workers Only 2.5% of farms are owned and operated by Latinxs and Hispanics People of color are disproportionately likely to live under food apartheid and suffer from diabetes
4/5/18
“As white people we need to make a choice about how we’re going to be white in this world. We can be part of continuing white supremacy or we can be part of dismantling it.” -Jardana Peacock Access to land and food are human rights. In United States history, the connection between food apartheid and land access is clear, and we can trace racial injustice historically by analyzing present day

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