HEAL Member Organizations

Our diverse member organizations represent rural and urban farmers, fisherfolk, farm and food chain workers, rural and urban communities, scientists, public health advocates, environmentalists, and indigenous groups. HEAL members are working together to create one plan for America’s economy, health, and environment. Together, we develop strategic campaigns for translocal community-based food systems change, address corporate control of our food system, and build political leadership for food systems change. 

HEAL members are committed to endorsing the Platform for Real Food - our shared vision for a transformed food and farm system - and engaging their organization’s staff and members in achieving the Platform's goals. 

Our Alliance Member Organizations

Minneapolis, MN
Appetite for Change uses food as a tool building health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis. AFC believes when families reclaim the kitchen as a place to bond with and educate their children, communities become stronger and more equipped for the struggles of daily life. Bringing people together around food is one way to build community for creating social, racial and economic justice and change.
The ASPCA was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. It was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. The ASPCA's mission is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”
Flagstaff, AZ & across the Navajo Nation
Black Mesa Water Coalition is dedicated to preserving and protecting Mother Earth and the integrity of Indigenous Peoples’ cultures. Their vision is to help build and strengthen sustainable, healthy communities while striving to empower young people.
Long Island City, NYC
Brandworkers is a non-profit organization in New York City powered by a global network of committed individuals, advocates, lawyers and organizers who believe in holding corporations accountable to workers and communities. Brandworkers connects, trains, and mobilizes retail and food employees to assert their rights and to make their voices heard in the public arena.
Davis, CA
The California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) works to increase social justice in rural California for all residents, but especially marginalized populations, building sustainable communities based on a healthy agriculture.
New Brunswick, NJ
The Farmworker Support Committee’s mission is to empower and educate farmworkers through leadership development so that they are equipped with the skills needed to effectively challenge the structures that oppress them. For the past 26 years, CATA has been based upon the belief that only through organizing and collective action will farmworkers be able to achieve social economic and environmental justice. CATA organizes farmworkers and their families in the mid-Atlantic states.
Cincinnati, OH
Formed in 2005, the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center is membership-based organization made up of a diverse group of low wage and immigrant workers from various industries that educates and mobilizes workers to achieve positive systemic change. The CIWC fights wage theft, provides right-based trainings, and organizes workers, community members, and people of faith to engage in workplace justice and solidarity campaigns.
CoFed is a QTPOC-led organization that partners with young folks of color from poor and working-class backgrounds to meet our communities' needs through food and land co-ops. We are building the leadership of young people of color to practice cooperative values, economics, and strategies for collective liberation.
Fresno, CA
The Community Alliance for Agroecology uses organizing and advocacy to advance agricultural and natural resource policy that heals California’s ecological system and builds political power in its rural communities
Bellingham, WA
Community to Community’s mission and work is influenced by the community organizing model of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers’ movement in California and Washington State and the values and principles of the World Social Forum process developed in Porto Alegre Brazil.
Corporate Accountability International
Boston, MA
Corporate Accountability is committed to stopping life-threatening abuses by global corporations and increasing their accountability to public institutions and people around the world. CAI works to end irresponsible and dangerous corporate actions in order to ensure a world where people and the environment can flourish.
Washington, DC
DC Greens uses the levers of food education, food access, and food policy to advance food justice in the nation’s capital. They work towards a vision that one day all people will be powered by food that sustains the environment, reinvests in local economies, and improves well-being and health.
Brooklyn, NY
The Domestic Fair Trade Association fosters collaboration between farmers and farmworkers in the United States and Canadian sustainable agriculture movement. DFTA seeks to build supply chains dedicated to principles of fairness and equity by uniting these efforts with mission-based traders, retailers, and consumers.
Portland, OR
Fair World Project was launched by the Organic Consumers Association in 2010 to promote fair trade in commerce, especially in organic production systems. FWP equips consumers with the information and tools they need to create positive change in both policies and the marketplace, leading to fair prices, wages, and working conditions for workers and small-scale producers around the world.
Burlington, WA
Familias Unidas por La Justicia (FUJ) is an independent farmworker union of indigenous families located in Burlington, WA representing over 500 Triqui, Mixteco, and Spanish speaking workers at Sakuma Bros. Berry Farm. FUJ formed on July 11th, 2013 with the hopes of securing a better future for hand harvesters in the local berry fields of Whatcom and Skagit County. Nearly four years later, September 12, 2016 FUJ won a historic secret ballot election ushering in a new era for farmworker justice in WA State. FUJ is the third independent farmworker union formed in WA in 30 years and the first union led by indigenous workers.
Apopka, FL
A 30-year old, grassroots, community-based, farmworker organization with over 10,000 Haitian, Hispanic, and African-American members, FWAF’s core strategy is to help farmworkers realize their power to be effective agents of social and personal change by validating the experience and understanding of farmworkers; building farmworkers’ capacity to participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives; and advocating for farmworkers’ and immigrants’ rights.
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Washington DC
Farmworker Justice is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that seeks to empower farmworkers to improve their wages and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice. Farmworker Justice fulfills our mission through policy analysis, advocacy, litigation, corporate responsibility initiatives, training and support for worker organizing.
The Food Chain Workers Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain. The Alliance works together to build a more sustainable food system that respects workers’ rights, based on the principles of social, environmental and racial justice, in which everyone has access to healthy and affordable food. Currently, FCWA has 29 members representing roughly 300,000 workers in the U.S. food system.
Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. With offices on four continents and partners around the world, Health Care Without Harm is leveraging the health sector’s expertise, purchasing power, political clout, workforce development, and moral authority to create the conditions for healthy people, communities, and the environment. We envision a global food system comprised of a diverse network of local food systems that are transparent, health and wealth promoting, resilient, sustainable, fair, and economically just. The primary role of this food system is to conserve, protect, and regenerate the human and ecological systems that enable food production to support the needs of all eaters now and in future generations.
Oakland, CA
The mission of the HOPE Collaborative is to advance racial, economic, and health equity in Oakland through community-driven food and neighborhood initiatives. HOPE envisions a vibrant Oakland where historically marginalized communities shape their neighborhoods’ future, have equitable opportunities for healthy food and safe community spaces, and build community wealth.
The I-Collective stands for four principles: Indigenous, Inspired, Innovative, and Independent. An autonomous group of Indigenous chefs, activists, herbalists, seed, and knowledge keepers, the I-Collective strives to open a dialogue and create a new narrative that highlights not only historical Indigenous contributions, but also promotes our community's resilience and innovations in gastronomy, agriculture, the arts, and society at large.
Washington, DC
ILRF is an advocacy organization dedicated to achieving just and humane treatment for workers worldwide. ILRF promotes enforcement of labor rights internationally through public education and mobilization, research, litigation, legislation and collaboration with labor, government and business groups. ILRF is based in Washington, DC.
Minneapolis, MN
The Land Stewardship Project fosters an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop healthy communities. LSP is dedicated to creating transformational change in our food and farming systems.
Anthony, NM & El Paso, TX
La Semilla Food Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a healthy, self-reliant, fair, and sustainable food system in order to address inequities in the Paso del Norte region of Southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. La Semilla is committed to building strong relationships that empower youth and families to grow and cook nutritious food, create positive change, and address gender and racial justice by nurturing connections between food, health, culture, and local economies. 
New York & New Jersey
Laundry Workers Center United addresses the need for community-based leadership development geared toward improving the living and working conditions of worker in the laundry and food service industries, as well as their families. Our work aims to combat abuses such as landlord negligence, wage theft, and hazardous and exploitative working conditions, all of which are endemic in low-income communities in New York City and New Jersey.
Burlington, VT
Migrant Justice builds the voice, capacity and power of the migrant farmworker community and engages community partners to organize for social and economic justice and human rights.
Greenville, MS
The Mississippi Workers’ Center or Human Rights was established in 1996 and works in solidarity with 600+ members, including low-wage African American workers, with a special focus on women via Organizing, Popular Education and Advocacy. Key issues include: racial discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation. The Center conducts door to door outreach, organizes demonstration and conference sand launches multi-media campaigns.
National Black Food and Justice Alliance is a coalition of Black-led organizations working towards cultivating and advancing Black leadership, building Black self-determination, Black institution building and organizing for food sovereignty, land and justice. The Alliance seeks to achieve this by engaging in broad based coalition organizing for black food and land, increasing visibility of Black led narratives and work, advancing Black led visions for just and sustainable communities, and building capacity for self-determination within our local, national, and international food systems and land rights work.
The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) is a fishermen-led organization building a broad movement toward healthy fisheries and fishing communities. NAMA builds deep and trusting relationships with community-based fisherman, crew, fishworkers and allies to create effective policy and market strategies.
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Henderson, NC
Established in 1987, Operation Spring Plant Inc. is a grassroots, non-profit organization that provides educational, technical, and financial assistance to African American, Native American, and limited resource and small family farmers in North Carolina. Specifically, OSP works to help farmers who need to engage in timely seasonal planting activities; and who need marketing outlets for the sale of their crops and to sustain their farming livelihood and operation.
Lincoln, NE
The Organization for Competitive Markets is a national, non-profit public policy research and advocacy organization headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. It is the only national think tank focusing strictly on antitrust and trade policy in agriculture. Founded in 1998, OCM believes we must work together, across all commodities, toward the common purpose of returning our food and agricultural sector to true supply-demand based competition. Competitive markets in agriculture is OCM’s goal, giving rise to its name. This concern transcends to the international level as international trade agreements threaten our national sovereignty while increasing the market power of global agribusinesses.
Oakland, CA
OUR Walmart works to ensure that every Associate, regardless of his or her title, age, race, or sex, is respected at Walmart. We join together to offer strength and support in addressing the challenges that arise in our stores and our company everyday. We envision a future in which our company treats us, the Associates of Walmart, with respect and dignity. We envision a world where we succeed in our careers, our company succeeds in business, our customers receive great service and value, and Walmart and Associates share all of these goals. Fair World Project.
Pesticide Action Network North America works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. As one of five Pesticide Action Network Regional Centers worldwide, PANNA links local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens’ action network. This network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to ensure the transition to a just and viable society.
Northampton, MA
PVWC mission is to build power for low-wage and immigrant workers in Western Massachusetts. Through innovative and creative worker-driven organizing strategies, the Center unites community allies to win real change in the lives of working families and our communities.
The Real Food Challenge leverages the power of youth and universities to create a healthy, fair and green food system. Its primary campaign is to shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and junk food and towards local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources—what we call “real food”—by 2020. The Real Food Challenge also maintains a national network of student food activists—providing opportunities for networking, learning, and leadership development for thousands of emerging leaders.
Oakland, CA & Chicago, IL 
Real Food Media creates powerful storytelling and media to inspire, educate, and grow the movement for sustainable food and farming.
ROC-United is a national restaurant workers’ organization seeking improved wages and working conditions for restaurant workers. With 5000 members in 7 local affiliates around the country, ROC engages in: organizing campaigns gangs ‘low road’ actors in the restaurant industry; promotion of the ‘high road’ through partnership with responsible restaurant owners, cooperative restaurant development, and industry training and placement programs; and participatory research and policy work.
New York, NY
RWDSU advances the interests and rights of working people and represents workers throughout much of the United States. RWDSU members work in a wide variety of occupations that range from food processing to retail to manufacturing to service and health care.
Oakland, CA
Roots of Change delivers roadmaps to victory for a healthy, equitable and resilient food system for the people, businesses and planet it nourishes. ROC build social, political, and economic capital to catalyze a food movement that will change the models, markets, and policies of the food system. Over the next two to three years, ROC will focus on strengthening the California Food Policy Council, food systems research, and legislative and administrative advocacy in California and at the federal level.
Rural Community Workers Alliance is organizing meatpacking plant workers in rural Missouri to improve health and safety conditions, address wage theft, and other workplace issues. RCWA also organizes with the Latino immigrant community to address issues such as language access in healthcare, community services, and food services.
Poughkeepsie, NY
Rural and Migrant Ministry is a statewide interfaith organization that organizes farmworkers mostly in western New York - Rochester, Buffalos, Syracuse. They have been leading the Justice for Farmworkers Campaign to pass legislation that would provide farmworkers with the same rights as other workers, such as the right to overtime pay, a day of rest, and the right to organize.
Soil Generation is a Black & Brown-led coalition of gardeners, farmers, individuals, and community-based organizations working to ensure people of color regain community control of land and food, to secure access to the resources necessary to determine how the land is used, address community health concerns, grow food and improve the environment. Soil Generation reaches these goals through relationship building, honoring culture, community education, organizing, activism and advocacy: a People’s Agroecology.
Petersburg, NY
Soul Fire Farm is committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. We raise life-giving food and act in solidarity with people marginalized by food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, we work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system. We bring diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health and environmental justice. We are training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.
The Street Vendor Project is a membership-based project with more than 1500 active vendor members who are working together to create a vendors’ movement for permanent change. They advocate for more power and more respect for street vendors. They are part of the Urban Justice Center, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and advocates for marginalized New Yorkers.
San Francisco, CA
Teamsters Joint Council 7 represents 100,000 workers men and women in 22 local unions in Northern California, the Central Valley, and Northern Nevada. It is the largest union in the Central Valley, with 40,000 members between Bakersfield and Sacramento. Its members work in trucking, warehousing/distribution, freight, food processing, dairies, solid waste/recycling, public services, beverages, and more.
Pittsburgh, PA
Founded in 1994 to foster international solidarity work, the UE Research & Education Fund has expanded to sponsor projects fighting for human rights with economic justice here in the United States. UEREF conducts campaigns that unite workers and communities to win good jobs and power in the local and global economy. UEREF supports the creation of worker centers community-labor alliances and international campaigns for human rights and economic justice.
Los Angeles, CA
UFCW Local 770 is the largest local union of the UFCW in the US. It represents 30,000 members in grocery stores, pharmacies, packing houses, and food processing plants in the counties of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo in Southern California.
Washington DC
UCS scientists and analysts develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—solutions for combating global warming; developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves; fighting misinformation; advancing racial equity; and reducing the threat of nuclear war.
Los Angeles, CA
The UNITE HERE Food Service Division has over 90,000 members across the country - now primarily women, immigrants, and people of color - employed in corporate cafeterias, universities, airports, sports stadiums and more. UNITE HERE’s members face multi-billion dollar corporations - including Compass, Sodexo, and Aramark. Check out Real Food Real Jobs, UNITE HERE’s forum for students and food service workers fighting for change in college and university campus food service.
Chicago, IL
Warehouse Workers for Justice is a worker center founded in 2009 to win stable, living wage jobs with dignity for the hundreds of thousands of workers in Illinois’ logistics and distribution industry, WWJ provides workshops and workplace rights, unites warehouse workers to defend their rights on the job, builds community support for struggles of warehouse workers and fights for policy change. Since 2009, WWJ has collected over $1.5 million in back wages and won over $5 million in wage increases for warehouse workers.
Ontario, CA
The Warehouse Worker Resource Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving working conditions in the warehouse industry of the Inland Valley of Southern California. WWRC focuses on education, advocacy and action to change poor working conditions in the largest hub of warehousing in the country. Warehouse Workers United is the organizing campaign of warehouse workers of WWRC.
Central New York State
The Workers’ Center of Central New York is a grassroots organization focused upon workplace and economic justice.
New York State
Worker Justice Center of New York pursues justice for those denied human rights with a focus on agricultural and other low wage workers, through legal representation, community empowerment, and advocacy for institutional change.
San Francisco, CA
Young Workers United was formed in 2002, and is a multi-racial and bilingual membership organization dedicated to improving the quality of jobs for workers in San Francisco. We raise standards in the low-wage service sectors in San Francisco through worker and student organizing, grassroots advocacy, leadership development, and public education.