Community Food & Justice Coalition

Director: 
Y. Armando Nieto, Executive Director
 
Mission: The Community Food and Justice Coalition promotes the basic human right of access to healthy food. By partnering with individuals and organizations at the local, state, and national level, CFJC works on grassroots initiatives to develop and support a food system that is equitable, healthy, environmentally sustainable, and community-driven.

Methodology: Through education, movement building, and advocacy, CFJC collaborates with communities and organizations on issues of healthy food access, poverty, land use, climate change, and immigration. Equity and social justice are the basis for CFJC approaches all of their work. CFJC supports communities to affect systemic change starting at the local level.

 Values: CFJC believes:
  • Access to healthy food is a basic human right and must not be compromised;
  • Communities are enriched by the cultivation and celebration of diverse food traditions and experience;
  • The production, distribution, and preparation of food must be healthy and humane for all humans, animals and ecosystems;
  • Agricultural land and biological diversity must be protected for future generations; and 
  • All food commerce must be just, democratic and economically fair

History: CFJC was founded by the Community Food Security Coalition in 2003 as a way to coordinate the efforts of the burgeoning food justice movement in California, and address food policy needs. CFJC was a program of the Community Food Security Coalition until 2008 when CFJC became an independent project, and is now fiscally sponsored by the Public Health Institute.  In October 2012, CFJC changed their name from the California Food and Justice Coalition to the Community Food and Justice Coalition to better reflect the work they do on behalf of their partners in communities across the country.

CFJC is also a partner organization for Growing Equity from the Ground Up, a CCREC signature project.  For more information, please visit the project page.