Racial justice matters every day. At FoodCorps, we’re on a journey toward becoming an anti-racist organization, and we’re still learning what that means and how to turn our intentions into practice.
Today, we’re continuing to shine a spotlight on BIMPOC-led organizations doing incredible work in the fields of racial equity, environmental justice, and youth engagement. The following organizations are Latinx-led and serve diverse communities across the country. We hope you’ll learn more about them, follow them on social media, and donate to their important work.
“The Agricultura Cooperative Network, doing business as Agri‑Cultura Network, provides access to local produce to promote nutrition and economic development through traditional and innovative agricultural practices, therefore furthering environmental and community stewardship to strengthen the agrarian and cultural heritage of our land and its residents. As a cooperative with nine member farms, our wholesale business program aggregates, processes, delivers, collects customer payment, and distributes farm payment. In addition, we support development of farm capacity while providing nutrition education and food access through a CSA and community events.”
La Semilla Food Center
“La Semilla Food Center’s mission is to build a healthy, self-reliant, fair, and sustainable food system in the Paso del Norte region of southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. We envision a vibrant food system that prioritizes community and environmental health. La Semilla was established in 2010, the result of community garden, youth development, and food system education efforts in southern New Mexico. Owing to these efforts, La Semilla is the only nonprofit organization solely devoted to fostering a healthy Paso del Norte food system.”
CAPACES Leadership Institute
“The CLI is a non-profit organization based in Woodburn, Oregon that was founded to prepare leaders with the political consciousness and capacity needed to lead and support social justice work. The Institute is a permanent part of the Oregon farmworker movement, led by PCUN and is a place where leaders of today and tomorrow engage the values and big ideas of social and economic equity; increase their knowledge and appreciation of social change history—their own and the history of struggles which have shaped theirs; gain the skills to advance workers’ struggles—in agriculture and allied industries, for farmworkers collective bargaining, and for Latino community wellbeing; and foster greater unity and collaboration.”
Green Village Initiative*
“Green Village Initiative is a non-profit in Bridgeport, Connecticut whose mission is to grow food, knowledge, leadership and community, through urban gardening and farming, to create a more just food system in Bridgeport. Green Village Initiative’s farms and gardens nurture a grassroots movement of urban growers of all ages across the city. We manage a network of Community Gardens, School Gardens, Reservoir Community Farm, and a Youth Leadership program for the benefit of the Bridgeport community.”
Familias en Acción
“Familias en Acción (Familias) was founded in 1998, in response to the need for a culturally specific organization to promote health for Hispanics. The mission of Familias is to promote holistic family well-being for Latinos through community engagement, education, and advocacy for social change. Our constituency is low income Latinos who live in the Portland and Salem metropolitan regions, and we have currently made strides for state-wide partnerships and reach.”
Southwest Organizing Project
“The SouthWest Organizing Project was founded in 1980 by young activists of color to empower our communities in the SouthWest to realize racial and gender equality and social and economic justice. We seek to redefine power relationships by bringing together the collective action, talents, and resources of the people within our communities. We work primarily in low-income communities of color to gain community control of our land and resources.”
La Plazita Institute
“La Plazita Institute, Inc.’s (LPI) mission is using a comprehensive, holistic and cultural approach designed around the philosophy of ‘La Cultura Cura,’ to engage with youth, elders and communities to draw from their own roots and histories that will express core traditional values of respect, honor, love, and family. We are a 501(c)(3) community organization with initiatives to engage vulnerable youth and families to improve the focus areas of cultural restorative justice; agriculture, conservation, community revitalization, and economic self-sustainability; community learning, non-traditional leadership, and social enterprise; traditional and spiritual healing; racial equity, health and family wellness; and community engagement and collective impact.”
“Oakland Leaf serves 1,000 students annually through after-school programming in high-need neighborhoods, paid internship programs for teens, and a summer camp. With an emphasis on socio-emotional learning, critical thinking, creative expression, urban ecology, and social justice, we are supporting Oakland youth to be effective and compassionate leaders and change makers in their schools and communities.”
*As of July, Green Village Initiative has brought on a new Executive Director who does not identify as Latinx. However, we believe it’s important to uplift GVI’s history of Latinx leadership and service within Latinx communities.