The killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor—only the latest names in an ever-growing list of unarmed Black people murdered by the police—have sparked a fresh wave of protests aimed at police brutality and injustice. But the country has also found itself reckoning with the institutionalized racism that is deeply woven into all facets of American life.
The food industry is, of course, no exception. While our colleagues at Complex have compiled a list of charitable funds and awareness campaigns that can help support Black Lives Matter protesters on the ground, First We Feast believes it's also our duty to highlight organizations that are combating systemic racism and inequality inside the food world.
While you can make a sustained effort to support Black business and entrepreneurship by patronizing Black-owned restaurants, buying food books by Black authors, and seeking out Black-owned food and beverage products ranging from hot sauces to wines, there are also many organizations working directly to combat systemic racism and inequality through all aspects of our food system.
Here are a number of causes and organizations working to make the food industry a more fair, inclusive, and diverse space for BIPOC.
Black Food Sovereignty Coalition
The Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (BFSC) serves as a collaboration hub for Black and Brown communities to confront the systemic barriers that make food, place and economic opportunities inaccessible to us.
Black Church Food Security Network
The Black Church Food Security Network utilizes an asset-based approach in organizing and linking the vast resources of historically African American congregations in rural and urban communities to advancing food and land sovereignty.
Black Girls Cook
Black Girls Cook (BGC) is a non-profit organization that teaches inner-city adolescent girls of color the true meaning of farm-to-table by operating hands on cooking classes and growing edible gardens.
Black Urban Growers
Black Urban Growers (BUGS) is an organization committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. Through education and advocacy around food and farm issues, we nurture collective Black leadership to ensure we have a seat at the table.
The Okra Project
The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.
Soul Food Sessions
Soul Food Sessions – Inc. is a movement to acknowledge and support people of color in the culinary arts, restaurant and hospitality industries, and beverage services.
Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) was formed in February 2006 to address food insecurity in Detroit’s Black community and to organize members of that community to play a more active leadership role in the local food security movement.
Soul Fire Farm
Soul Fire Farm is a BIPOC-centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. We raise and distribute life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid.
National Black Farmers Association
The National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) is a non-profit organization representing African American farmers and their families in the United States... NBFA's education and advocacy efforts have been focused on civil rights, land retention, access to public and private loans, education and agricultural training, and rural economic development for black and other small farmers.
National Black Food and Justice Alliance
National Black Food and Justice Alliance (NBFJA) organizes for black food and land, by increasing the visibility of visionary Black leadership, advancing Black people’s struggle for just and sustainable communities, and building power in our food systems and land stewardship.
Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network
Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network (SAAFON) is a nonprofit based in Atlanta, GA. We are a network of Black farmers in the Southeastern United States who are committed to culturally relevant, ancestrally guided, and ecologically sustainable agricultural-based living.