9 Black-Led Organizations Transforming Social Justice

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 taking action by shining a light on nine powerful, Black-led community organizations we partner with. Each of these organizations supports justice and equity through environmental activism, youth organizing, food systems work, and more. We hope you’ll visit their websites, follow them on social media, and donate to their causes. 

Acta Non VerbaActa Non Verba
Oakland, CA

“Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) elevates life in Oakland and beyond by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming. Founded and led mainly by women of color from the surrounding neighborhood and larger community, ANV creates a safe and creative outdoor space for children, youth, and families in East Oakland, CA. ANV engages and strengthens young people’s understanding of nutrition, food production, and healthy living as well as strengthens their ties to the community.”


Bennu GardensBennu Gardens
Charlotte, NC

“Bennu Gardens addresses critical national issues including, inclusive economic empowerment, the decline in locally grown agriculture, a growing concern for the well-being and productivity of youth, and the need to create sustainable and healthy underserved communities through food and the land.



Black Food Sovereignty CoalitionBlack Food Sovereignty Coalition
Portland, OR

“The Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (BFSC) serves as a collaboration hub for Black and Brown communities to confront the systemic barriers that make food, place and economic opportunities inaccessible to us. BFSC is focused on meeting these barriers with creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions. Built on a decade of work of founding members of the Black Food Sovereignty Council and other Black-identified leaders and stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest, the BFSC mission is to ignite Black and brown communities to participate as owners and movement leaders within food systems, placemaking, and economic development.”


New Haven, CT

“CTCORE-Organize Now! is dedicated to building communities of racial justice freedom fighters to dismantle systemic and structural racism in the state of Connecticut. We achieve our mission through a three-pillared movement building strategy and combine local base building (through our chapters) with issue-focused statewide network building.”


Oakland, CA

“East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative (EB PREC) is a democratic, People of Color led cooperative that takes land and housing off the speculative market to create permanently affordable, community controlled land and housing. We are turning a racist, classist housing market into a tool that can build wealth for the groups most disenfranchised by it.”


Portland, OR

“KairosPDX is an education nonprofit focused on transforming education through a model built on love and inclusion that elevates the voices of historically underserved children, their families and their communities. ‘Kairos’ is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment), or a moment of indeterminate time in which something special happens.” 



Sankofa Farms
Efland, NC

“Sankofa Farms LLC is a multifaceted agricultural entity that seeks to assist changing the food intake habits of those living in and affected by food deserts. Within Durham and Orange County we have become aware of the income and food availability gap that exists within minority groups. The goal of Sankofa Farms is to create a sustainable food source for minorities in both rural and urban areas located in Durham and Orange County, North Carolina.”


Somali Bantu Community AssociationSomali Bantu Community Association
Lewiston, ME

“We are the Somali Bantu Community Association, where we set the wheels of food justice in motion by growing chemical-free food and building a united community. Our mission is to provide vital transitional services, advocacy, and programming that empowers members of the refugee community to uphold cultural identity and thrive in their new life here in Lewiston, Maine.”


University of New Mexico’s Community Engagement Center
Albuquerque, NM

“Our mission: Anti-racist leadership development for community capacity building. Our vision: Nurture a diverse leadership of the next generation of civically minded youth at the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College from local neighborhoods for community capacity building.”