Organizations and entities active in the Food Justice movement

City & State organizations:

Added Value
Added Value is a non-profit organization promoting the sustainable development of Red Hook by nurturing a new generation of young leaders. We work towards this goal by creating opportunities for the youth of South Brooklyn to expand their knowledge base, develop new skills and positively engage with their community through the operation of a socially responsible urban farming enterprise.

bk farmyards
bk farmyards is a Brooklyn based decentralized farming network providing local food to reduce the city’s reliance on fossil fuels and offering local jobs to boost the economy. We are seeking partnerships with developers willing to temporarily transform their idle land to farmyard; homeowners who want to eat from their own yard; and city agencies holding under-utilized land. Our strategy is to stay nimble, growing food between the cracks of urban development.

Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference
The 2010 Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference is presented by Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an alliance of predominately Black urban farmers and gardeners, food activists and allies united in rebuilding our community wealth and health by reconnecting to the land and our traditional roles as agriculturalists and environmental stewards.

The BLK ProjeK
The BLK ProjeK seeks to address food justice, public & mental health issues as they specifically relate to under served women of color through culturally relevant education, beautification of public spaces, urban gardening and community programming. By creating easily accessible resources and enriching the lives of women who are routinely overlooked and overburdened yet serve an important and critical role in the larger fabric of society.We wil strengthen overall mental and public health, as well as elevate the collective self esteem of the larger communities they live in.

Brooklyn College Coffee
Brooklyn College Coffee is a collectively-run, consensus-based student coffee shop. Our cooperative business model provides an opportunity for students to empower themselves by: creating and controlling a workplace they want. We strive to provide an accessible place for students to meet and socialize, and do difficult trailblazing work so that other students will be inspired to undertake similar cooperative projects. We measure our success through sustainability and justice. We are a refreshing, inspiring movement of empowered and motivated students.

Brooklyn Food Coalition
The Brooklyn Food Coalition is a grassroots partnership of groups and individuals striving to give effective voice to all those who live or work in Brooklyn and wish to achieve a just and sustainable system for tasty, healthy, and affordable food.

Bronx Food Summit
Hosted by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., the Bronx Food Summit bought together Bronx residents, food lovers, food justice advocates, local businesses, schools and community organizations to discuss options for healthier food and better living in the Bronx.

The Color of Food
The Color of Food is a non-profit initiative that focuses on the intersection of race and food by raising the voices of Asian, Black, Latino and Native American farmers and communities in the dialogue for just and healthy food systems. We do this by highlighting models of farm and food initiatives led by communities of color, telling farmers’ stories, and repainting the picture of food and agriculture for people of color.

Community Farmworker Alliance
A part of a national farmworker alliance pioneered by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).

East New York Farms
The mission of the East New York Farms Project is to organize youth and adults to address food justice in our community by promoting local sustainable agriculture and community-led economic development.

Farming Concrete
Farming Concrete is a volunteer, citizen science project to measure how much food is grown in New York City’s community gardens.

Focus on the Food Chain, Brandworkers International
Brandworkers is a New York-based non-profit organization protecting and advancing the rights of retail and food employees. By providing workers with legal, advocacy, and organizing tools, Brandworkers ensures employer compliance with the law and challenges corporate misconduct in the community. The Brandworkers Focus on the Food Chain initiative promotes a sustainable food system where workers' human rights are respected.

Food Bank for New York City
Food Bank For New York City recognizes 27 years as the city's major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. As one of the country's largest food banks, our mission is to end hunger in New York City by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity. As the city's hub for integrated food poverty assistance, the Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support  and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research.

Food Systems Network NYC
Food Systems Network NYC is a membership based organization designed to foster communication and cultivate community amongst various stake holders and professionals working across the food system. Members gather monthly for Open Networking meetings to encourage collaboration; share information; discuss public policy; and promote opportunities for individuals to partner on specific projects.

Friends of Brook Park
Friends of Brook Park [FoB] is the programmatic steward of Brook Park — an environmentally-sustainable, multi-cultural, green space open to local community residents living in the heart of one of the most environmentally challenged areas of the city, the south South Bronx.

Good Food Jobs
Good Food Jobs is a gastro-job search tool, designed to link people looking for meaningful food work with the businesses that need their energy, enthusiasm, and intellect. We’ll post opportunities with farmers and food artisans, policy makers and purveyors, retailers and restaurateurs, economists, ecologists, and more. Good Food Jobs will launch this summer.

Established in 1978, GreenThumb remains the nation's largest urban gardening program, assisting over 600 gardens and nearly 20,000 garden members throughout New York City. Our aim is to foster civic participation and encourage neighborhood revitalization while preserving open space. Community gardens provide green space and easily accessible recreational opportunities in the areas that need them most. GreenThumb was initiated in response to the city's financial crisis of the 1970s, which resulted in the abandonment of a tremendous amount of public and private land. Residents of these devastated communities transformed these unattractive and unsafe spaces into green havens.

GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit which improves New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


Harlem4 is a community based nonprofit organization that seeks to reverse Harlem’s status as a food desert by putting in place a sustainable food model that serves the community through policy, action, community organizing and education. Our aim is to effect an urban food coalition that embraces the social, economic and cultural values of a community that is significantly under-served by the availability of fresh food. It is our goal to become a model for change in Harlem in particular and urban America in general.

Hazon works to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community and a healthier and more sustainable world for all. We effect change in three ways: through the direct human impact of our programs; by supporting the American Jewish environmental movement and the Israeli environmental movement; through thought-leadership (writing, speaking, teaching, campaigning).

Hot Bread Kitchen
Hot Bread Kitchen is a non-profit social enterprise that creates better lives for low-income women and their families.  We do this by paying women while they learn the skills necessary to launch food businesses and achieve management track positions in food manufacturing. To help offset the cost of our training and to build esteem in the contribution of immigrants, we sell delicious multi-ethnic breads that are inspired by our bakers and the many countries that they come from.  We make it a priority to use local and organic ingredients.

Hunger Action Network
The Hunger Action Network of New York State is a statewide anti-hunger coalition that combines grassroots organizing at the local level with state level research, education and advocacy to address the root causes of hunger, including poverty. Founded in 1982, we are a not-for-profit organization comprised of emergency food programs, concerned citizen advocates, low-income individuals, community agencies and religious organizations.

Just Food
In both town and country, Just Food fosters new marketing and food-growing opportunities that address the needs of small and medium family farms, urban gardeners, and NYC neighborhoods.  Through training, leadership development and organizing efforts, we build diverse partnerships to advance dialogue and action on farming, hunger and nutrition.

Milk Not Jails

Milk Not Jails is a consumer campaign to mobilize NY residents to support the dairy industry and the long-term sustainability of the rural  economy.  It is a political campaign to advocate for criminal justice and agricultural policy reform that will bring about positive economic growth.  MILK NOT JAILS insists that bad criminal justice policy should not be the primary economic development plan for rural New York.

More Gardens!
The More Gardens! Coalition is a group of community people, gardeners, and environmental and social justice activists who promote the development and preservation of community gardens as well as the cultivation of fallow land in New York City. We share information about community gardens with the public in order to raise awareness and engage people in both actual gardening and political activism. We organize individuals and groups to build an enduring infrastructure that provides direction and support for those engaged in the struggle for gardens. By using fundamental democratic tools we work with communities in order to reclaim local government and eventually affect its highest levels.

New York City Coalition Against Hunger
The New York City Coalition Against Hunger is the voice for the more than 1,200 nonprofit soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City and the more than 1.4 million low-income New Yorkers who live in homes that can’t afford enough food. The Coalition works not only to meet these residents' immediate food needs but also to enact innovative solutions to help society move "beyond soup kitchens" to ensure economic and food self-sufficiency for all.

New York City Community Garden Coalition
Founded in 1996, New York City Community Garden Coalition's mission is to promote the preservation, creation, and empowerment of community gardens through education, advocacy, and grassroots organizing.

New York Faith & Justice

NY Faith & Justice envisions a city where New Yorkers and their communities are released from the oppression of poverty and the poverty of riches. We work for a day when rich and poor follow Jesus’ call to live into their need one for the other. We envision the church drawn together and ignited by the vision of Isaiah 61, where practiced justice grows our faith and practiced faith builds a just city. And we envision a New York where resources are shared and just policies are practiced because God’s people are no longer dependent on the dollar – they are oaks of righteousness – dependent on God alone.

People's Garden NYC
Sign the Petition to let Mayor Bloomberg know that it's time for a vegetable garden in front of City Hall!

Setting an Anti-Racist Table
Conversations on recognizing racism, white privilege, and counteracting oppression in communities of color, as expressed in the commerce and culture of food

Slow Food NYC
Slow Food USA envisions a future food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice—in essence, a food system that is good, clean and fair. We seek to catalyze a broad cultural shift away from the destructive effects of an industrial food system and fast life; toward the regenerative cultural, social and economic benefits of a sustainable food system, regional food traditions, the pleasures of the table, and a slower and more harmonious rhythm of life.

Uri L'Tzedek
Uri L'Tzedek is an Orthodox social justice organization guided by Torah values and dedicated to combating suffering and oppression.  Through community based education, leadership development and action, Uri L'Tzedek creates discourse, inspires leaders, and empowers the Jewish community towards creating a more just world.

WhyHunger is a leading advocate for innovative, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty. WhyHunger challenges society to confront these problems by advancing models that create self-reliance, economic justice, and equal access to nutritious and affordable food.