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Food Systems

Building resilience into our food system

Food is at the heart of every community. It brings families and neighbors together, defines and blends culture, nourishes health, and fuels life. And the system of producing, processing and distributing food creates jobs, engenders opportunity, drives innovation and productivity, and facilitates creative expression, especially in underserved rural and urban areas.

But in the face of resource scarcity and growing global demand, we need a new regional model for our food system capable of building community resilience.

How do we get there? We are helping entities that spend millions on food — including school cafeterias, university dining halls, corporate cafes, and regional restaurant chains — buy local. We coordinate the development of scale-appropriate aggregation, processing, and distribution infrastructure to move food within regions. We support family-scale farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and food processors to access land, capital, and technical assistance needed to feed their communities and steward their land. And we inspire eaters to choose and champion homegrown.

Get in touch

Angela Hedstrom

Community Food Systems Program Manager


Jamese Kwele

Vice President of Organizational and Food Systems Equity*


Maia Larson

Director of Community Food Systems


Yolimar Rivera Vázquez

Food Equity Coordinator


Aaron Vargas

Food Equity Manager


Food Systems Resources