GRACE Communications Foundation: NYC Food Based Community Organization Spotlight

by Alexina Cather, MPH

What they do: GRACE Communications Foundation develops strategies to increase public awareness of the critical environmental and public health issues created by our current food system by building partnerships, providing tools and education, and utilizing philanthropic resources. They promote consumer actions and public policies that support sustainable food production, and work to embrace the complex interconnections of food, water and energy in order to promote a more sustainable future.

How they do it: GRACE’s Sustainable Table educates consumers about the benefits of sustainable agriculture and the problems with industrial food production. With interactive tools like the Seasonal Food Guide, an online directory of seasonal food available by state, and the Water Footprint Calculator, which shows how much water people use (including the “virtual” water in the food they eat), GRACE provides resources to help consumers make more sustainable food choices.

Mission: GRACE Communications Foundation develops innovative strategies to increase public awareness of the critical environmental and public health issues created by our current industrial food system, and to advocate for more sustainable alternatives.

Latest project/campaign: The Seasonal Food Guide is GRACE Communications Foundation’s latest innovative tool. Find what’s in season in your area and learn more about seasonal, sustainable food by checking out the Guide at www.seasonalfoodguide.org

Profit/nonprofit: Nonprofit

Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: GRACE Communications Foundation’s blog, Ecocentric (http://www.gracelinks.org/blog/), spreads the word about the heroes of the sustainable food movement, teaches readers about seasonal food, and keeps our audience up-to-date on the latest in food policy and information. In addition, our social media accounts strive to cultivate daily conversation around food and agriculture issues. Check out Sustainable Table on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @eatsustainable

FACT SHEET

Location: Manhattan

Core Programs: Sustainable Table: sustainable agriculture/food and community-based food production

Areas served: National

Date started: 1997

Director of Programs: Kyle Rabin

Contact information[email protected], (212) 726-9161

Photo credit: GRACE Communications Foundation

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