Food Justice Network

We are working together to build a healthy and just food system for all Charlottesville citizens, no matter an individuals’ race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, age, economic background, or neighborhood location.

Cultivate Charlottesville’s Food Justice Network builds racial equity in our food system through education, organizing, and advocacy. As a collective, over 35 organizations work in unique and complementary ways to build health and food security in Charlottesville. Our work focuses on the intersection of food equity and healthy school foods, affordable housing, urban agriculture, access and markets, and food pathways transportation.

Organizations or individuals can join or follow the Food Justice Network and explore ways in which our local food system creates opportunities and barriers to accessible, healthy nutritious food; amplify an understanding of practices that contribute to food inequity; mobilize resources for combined impact across aligned organizations; and implement strategies and activities to transform inequities in our food system.

We are a group of organizations representing different sectors within a larger system. Working alongside one another, we hope to address systems change through City and University collaborations and resident support and engagement.

HOW DO WE DO IT?
Building Supportive Networks
Igniting Dialogue & Hosting Events
Charlottesville High School Garden
Approaching Food As a Human Right
City Schoolyard Garden at Buford Middle
Local Food, Local Places
Community Advocates Program

Food Equity Initiative

The Food Justice Network has grown to over 35 organizations working in various sectors across the city. These organizations have united under a common goal to form the network. With every large coalition or network, organizing the larger body takes the dedicated attention of a core team! The Planning Team meets frequently to organize the group, plan events, collaborate with city officials and policy makers, and of course, share opportunities for our work to cross pollinate with one another. We share this work with the larger partnering body. For questions about the network, please feel free to reach out to any of the planning team members.

Visit our Resources page for our Racial Equity framework and more.