Why This Work Matters
Access to good food and opportunities for physical activity are critical to children’s overall health. Good food (food that is healthy, sustainable, fair and affordable) is also a driver for academic success for children and economic opportunity for families and communities.
Through Food & Community, we seek to address some of the root causes of health inequities – access to good food and opportunities for physical activity – so that all children have the opportunity to thrive in school and life.
Food & Community is also about cultivating connections: uniting people to the land, to each other and to their own cultural heritage and traditions.
Today we have an unprecedented opportunity to address the crisis of escalating chronic illnesses, many of which are linked to poor diet and physical inactivity and which disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.
Working together to improve access to healthy food and places for physical activity, we can strengthen our communities, reinvigorate local economies, reduce health care costs and address historical inequities so that all children reach their full potential.
What We Support
We work with national and local partners to transform thinking about and approaches to early food and school food, to improve community access to good food and physical activity and to shape a national movement for healthy people, healthy farms, healthy communities and healthy economies.
We support efforts to connect early child care centers, family care providers and schools with small and midsize farms, and encourage school food directors, food service companies, farmers, producers and distributors to work together to change the way we feed children in child care settings and schools.
We support community efforts to strengthen the “value chain” of local food systems from seed to table, through sustainable production, farmers markets and cooperatives, fair treatment of farmworkers and investment in local economies.
We support six Food & Fitness collaboratives across the country, which bring community organizations and residents together to create healthy places where all children thrive.
By supporting coalitions that help raise awareness, shape conversations and develop leaders, we foster collaboration among partners, strengthen the capacity of national advocacy groups and amplify Food & Community issues.