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Not a brand, but still want to get involved? We’ll help you get started! Here are a few resources to help you use your voice to make a difference in your local community. 

These are the main areas we’ve identified for advocates to take action:

Use conscious language when talking about food access, food systems and food justice.

  • This means considering all values, cultures, diverse indigenous food systems, traditions and local circumstances that contribute to the choices people make around food.
  • Learn what terms to use by visiting Healthline’s Conscious Language guide.
  • Dive deeper with the Healthy Living Coalition Food Advocacy Terms 101 and learn how to talk about the issues.
  • We’re making an active effort to make these changes to our vocabulary. They may seem like minor swaps, but updating this terminology helps to ingrain progress and remove stigma into our daily lives.

Educate yourself! Stay on top of the latest terms, policy updates and important developments in the nutrition space.

Visit our learn page to learn more about nutrition insecurity and food justice.

Share what you know with friends, family and neighbors. You never know who you’ll inspire!

  • Help us spread the word on social media. We have easy infographics for you to share.
  • Keep us in the loop by using hashtags: (#foodsystems/ #healthylivingcoalition / #goodfood4all, etc.)

Train your Instagram algorithm to share more about these issues by following relevant accounts.

Stay up-to-date on the latest food systems news by following the below Instagram accounts. That way, information is integrated into your every day life.

Subscribe to these newsletters to stay up to date.

Take a closer look at food and nutrition insecurity in your neighborhood.

Check out Feeding America’s map and the WFP’s global map to find areas that need a helping hand.

Volunteer or donate to a local nonprofit focused on food justice and nutrition.

This is a great way to get started! Some incredible organizations to volunteer with/donate to Esperanza Community Farms, City Harvest, DC Greens, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, and Sky High Farm

Host a nourishing food drive or donate to your local food bank.

  • Food drives are a great way to raise awareness and funds for food banks in your community. To find your local food bank, click here.  
  • The first step to a successful food drive is contacting your local food bank to understand their needs. 
  • If you are hosting a traditional food drive, consider gathering nourishing foods from this list.
  • Consider hosting a virtual food drive, which many food banks offer. Food banks are often able to purchase the food they need at a reduced price, so sometimes it can be more effective to donate dollars instead of physical food items. 

Start a community garden or support neighborhood nutrition programs.

You can support the use of vegetable gardens at home, school, and in the community. Or, try safely hosting a public activity like a cooking class or nutrition lesson to promote healthy food choices. One incredible organization making progress in this space is The Urban Garden Initiative. To learn more or get involved, click here

Contact elected officials and advocate for policy change at the national level.

We’re calling on Congress to expand and clarify existing liability protections for food donation, which can help provide immediate relief to the millions of Americans in our communities experiencing food insecurity. HLC founder, WW, created an open letter and petition to Congress, urging them to address the loopholes in the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act to drive greater adoption of its policies in service of reduced food waste and greater food security.

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We can’t do this alone. Let’s work together to create a world where everyone has access to nutritious food. 

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