Unspoken forms of oppression
One of the great, often unspoken, forms of oppression that low- and moderate-income communities suffer through is the lack of access to healthy food.
Food justice asserts that no one should live without enough food because of economic constraints or social inequalities. Food justice reframes the lack of healthy food sources in poor communities as a human rights issue. Food justice also draws off of historical grassroots movements and organizing traditions such as those developed by the civil rights movement and the environmental justice movement. The food justice movement is a different approach to a community’s needs that seeks to truly advance self reliance and social justice by placing communities in leadership of their own solutions and providing them with the tools to address the disparities within our food systems and within society at large.
Seed to Table
Food in the Fort seeks to establish new connections with the food that it delivers to the community as a means to enrich and expand existing relationships to its community. In sum,this season has brought new consumers to local markets, who seek local and sustainably produced food directly from the farmers who produce it. Additionally, new markets are opening to cultivate new “seed to table” relationships across the nation. This growing movement towards local foods, however, often excludes segmented groups, like the underprivileged and homeless. For this reason, Food in the Fort expands its reach to become a producer of food.