Areas of Work

HEAL Food Alliance

Health, Environment, Agriculture, Labor

brings together groups from the various sectors of movements for food and farm justice to build our collective power toward transformative change.

To get there, we are organizing campaigns in three areas:

1
Community and TransLocal Organizing

The HEAL Food Alliance is engaging in cross-community organizing to support sharing between community-run campaigns that advocate for policies addressing inequities in our health, environment, agriculture, and labor sectors.        
Currently we are partnering with the Center for Good Food Purchasing to develop and promote the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), a program which encourages large institutions to direct their buying power toward five core values – local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare and nutrition – using the Good Food Purchasing Program to guide their efforts. GFPP has been successfully implemented in school districts in Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco, and we are actively working with institutions in Austin, the Twin Cities, Madison, Chicago, Cincinnati and New York City to adopt the program. 

2
Political Leadership

Good governance of our food system depends on holding political leaders accountable to our Real Food Platform, and on having champions of our work. HEAL focuses on building political leadership for the food and farm justice movements through local and state-based political campaigns.        
This year HEAL will be piloting a Political Leadership Institute to train leaders interested in running for office who will champion our Platform for Real Food

3
Clean Corporations

Our food system is controlled by a small handful of powerful corporations that have significant influence over politicians and the policies that govern health, environmental, agricultural, trade, and labor standards. Together, HEAL and its members highlight the practices and policies that support businesses that adhere to our real food platform, and expose the practices and policies that enable businesses that abuse workers, small farmers, consumer health, and the environment.     
Our work is grounded in a shared vision for change: together, we are articulating what we really want, and the various tactics that will help us get there. Our vision is grounded in our Platform for Real Food, informed by the wisdom of 50 organizations and advocates that have deep experience and expertise in each of the ten planks.