Meet the Community Food Justice Advocates

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Meet the Community Food Justice Advocates

The Community Food Justice Advocates program is off to a great start. The 12-week program started in June, alongside the City Schoolyard Garden Youth Food Justice Internship. Over the summer, 4 community advocates and 7 youth interns pulled their efforts together in envisioning healthier school meals across cultural and generational lines. The product of this intergenerational leadership has shed light on the emerging power of youth-led change supported by community advocates. In early August, the youth and community advocates (many of them parents of children attending CCS) presented their core goals for advancing Healthier School Meals. This growing grassroots leadership team looks forward to cultivating change throughout the year together.

When the community advocates are not supporting youth, they are giving much needed feedback on food equity action plans (Local Food, Local Places) or conducting outreach at events during the weekends. So far, the advocates have tabled at 7 events engaging more than 300 residents in food access conversations. Under the leadership of Tamara Wright, the community advocates created a SNAP Challenge to cultivate more experience based understanding on living off $3.18 a day (Virginia’s average SNAP allotment). The SNAP challenge was presented during public comment at City Council’s, September 16th meeting by Brooke Ray (IRC), Rosa Key, Bimal Chhetri, and Keda Mills. The friendly challenge is in support of getting a follow-up endorsement of City Council’s 2018 Food Equity Initiative. You can try the 7-day challenge out by visiting www.cvillefoodjustice.org

On October 7th, 2019 we look forward to presenting the Food Equity Report alongside Charlottesville Food Justice Network Partners, Youth, and Community Advocates.