Part of the Food Policy Community Spotlight Series
Name: Equity Advocates
What they do: Equity Advocates helps prepare food leaders to become powerful advocates. In response to the growing number of grassroots organizations helping underserved communities without the funding, resources, knowledge or connections to effectively advocate for their work, and, therefore, missing out on critical opportunities to influence government policy and funding decisions, Equity Advocates is seeking to organize food movement leaders into a coalition of advocates that will:
How they do it: Paid membership in Equity Advocates gives New York’s food movement leaders access to programs increase their ability to do advocacy work by joining a community of organizations across the state whose aim is to develop policy goals and create systemic change. Equity Advocates provides its members with guidance and strategies, relationships and representation, among other services.
Mission: Equity Advocates provides policy education, advocacy training, and coalition-building services to New York State-based nonprofit leaders working to improve healthy food access for underserved urban communities. Through this work, EA aims to create a nonpartisan grassroots movement to ensure that all New Yorkers, regardless of race or income, can access healthy and affordable food.
Established in 2018, Equity Advocates is still in the process of implementing their basic goals. These include:
Guidance and Strategy: In a constantly changing political landscape, Equity Advocates aims to provide members with sophisticated political analysis, ongoing advocacy training, long-term strategic thinking, and frequent calls to action to advance their missions as well as to keep them informed about funding opportunities.
Relationship Building: EA works at a grassroots level to help provide members with a consistent and amplified voice in government. To do so, members get instant access to a vibrant coalition of like-minded organizations. Equity Advocates also help members foster and maintain relationships with elected officials, keeping them connected and informed about the issues that matter most to their community.
Partnering with New York State’s food movement leaders: EA partners with nonprofits and community-based organizations whose mission is to improve access to healthy food, alleviate poverty and advance food justice in cities across the state of New York.
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Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: Equity Advocates works to help food leaders help themselves become more effective advocates in an ever-changing world.
Location: 165 Court St #264 Brooklyn, NY 11201
As listed above, Equity Advocates’ programs fall into three categories: guidance and strategy, relationships and representation, and additional services like partnerships with food movement leaders.
Specifically, Equity Advocates keeps their members informed about changing food, nutrition and economic policies on the state and federal level. Through their advocacy curriculum, they provide ongoing advocacy training, long-term strategic thinking and regular recommendations about actions members can take to to influence key decisions that will help them to fulfill their mission.
They also identify and share relevant information about public and private grant opportunities.
The organization works at a grassroots level to help members maintain a consistent and amplified voice in government by giving them instant access to the Coalition of Advocates, a vibrant coalition of like-minded groups that share information and best advocacy practices. It also helps them to foster and maintain relationships with elected officials in order to keep them informed about important local issues.
Level 2 members, who pay a slightly higher fee, have access to additional services, which include direct representation and media opportunities. Equity Advocates plans to cultivate strong relationships with New York members of Congress and their staff in both their home districts and Washington offices. They will also actively advocate for member priorities and organize media opportunities and press events for Level 2 Members to bring attention to their advocacy priorities and programs.
Number of staff: N/A
Number of volunteers: N/A
Areas served: New York City
Year Started: 2018
Contact Information: [email protected]