The Community Food and Justice Coalition promotes the basic human right of access to healthy food. We take a holistic and systemic approach to creating a food system that is equitable, environmentally and economically sustainable, and community-driven.
We see food as a tool for building a just and equitable society. Therefore, we are a connector and provide support across issues that impact our communities and our food system; including food and farm policy, healthy food access, climate change, economic development, and health equity. Equity and social justice are the basis for how we approach all of our work. We support communities to affect systemic change starting at the local level.
CFJC promotes a culture of transparency, inclusiveness, and honesty. Our organization follows the principles of cultural humility:
- Lifelong learning and critical self-reflection
- Recognizing and changing power imbalances
- Developing institutional accountability
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, we changed our name from the California Food and Justice Coalition to the Community Food and Justice Coalition to better reflect the work we do on behalf of our partners in communities across the country.