Just Food Brings Communities Together to Fight for Food Justice

by Justin Taylor

What they do: Just Food works with community leaders to advocate for and increase access to healthy, locally-grown food, especially in underserved NYC neighborhoods. Since 1995, they have been a pioneer in food justice and advocating for sustainable agriculture, thanks to their emphasis on community-driven solutions to inequities in our food system.

How they do it: Just Food offers fee-for-service workshops and intensive training courses in Training of Trainers, Advocacy, Food Education, and Farmers’ Market Intensive curricula. These training courses provide participants with practical tools for effective community organizing and advocacy, grassroots campaigning, workshop development, seasonal eating and cooking, and launching a community-run farmers market.

Just Food also provides information on food justice and food policy related issues in New York City, and they actively participate in advocating for a more just food system. Their ongoing workshops and annual conference emphasize shared learning and promote collaboration among participants.

Mission: “Just Food sparks community members into action – on the individual, community, and systemic level through our dynamic learner-centered trainings, community-led direct to farm access models, grassroots advocacy efforts, and successful convenings.”

Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Teachers College, Columbia University. This year’s theme is Persist/Resist!

Major funding: The Durst Organization, USDA Farmer’s Market Promotion Program, USDA Local Food Promotion Program, New York State Department of Health, Hunger Prevention & Nutrition Assistance Program, Fund for Public Health in New York, Levitt Foundation

Profit/Nonprofit: Nonprofit

Annual budget: $600,000

Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: Every year, Just Food selects an NYC youth leader to receive the McKinley Hightower-Beyah Award to highlight their community-based urban agriculture achievements & efforts to increase food justice.



114 West 47th Street, Suite C1-35

New York, NY 10036

Core programs: CSA, Farmers Markets, Farm to Pantry, Nutrition Education, Cooking Demonstrations, Trainings

Number of staff: 6

Number of volunteers: N/A

Areas served: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens

Year started: 1995

Director: Qiana Mickie

Contact information:


(212) 645-9880 ext. 221


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