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Community Food Security Coalition

The Community Food Security Coalition is a non-profit, North American organization dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times. We seek to develop self-reliance among all communities in obtaining their food and to create a system of growing, manufacturing, processing, making available, and selling food that is regionally based and grounded in the principles of justice, democracy, and sustainability.

The National Farm to School Network

Nourishing Kids and Communities

The National Farm to School Network sprouted from the desire to support community-based food systems, strengthen family farms, and improve student health by reducing childhood obesity. The Network is a collaborative of the Center for Food & Justice, Occidental College and the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC). With funding from the WK Kellogg Foundation, the Network coordinates, promotes and expands the farm to school movement at the state, regional and national levels. Eight regional lead agencies and national staff provide free training and technical assistance, information services, networking, and support for policy, media and marketing activities. The Farm to School approach helps children understand where their food comes from and how their food choices impact their bodies, the environment and their communities at large.

Real Food Challenge

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The Real Food Challenge is uniting students for a more just and sustainable food system. Organizing both locally and nationally, the Challenge is building a student movement strong enough to transform our food economy. Our first campaign is to redirect the over $4 billion spent annually on food by colleges and universities towards real food - food that truly nourishes producers, consumers, communities, and the earth.

School Food FOCUS

Transforming Food Options for Children in Urban Schools

FOCUS is a national change initiative designed to enable participating school food districts with more than 40,000 students to purchase healthier, more local and more sustainable foods. FOCUS aims to:

  • Demonstrate the purchasing power of large, urban school systems
  • Develop and share successful models and field-tested methods of what people have been able to do to transform school meals, backed by respected research and analysis
  • Create compelling messages and communicate a practical vision for big city school food change; and
  • Coordinate a broad, multi-sector network of advocates for local, healthy, sustainable school meals who are seeking and making change in school districts and in public policy.

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