When I first started dreaming about starting Jewish Food Hero in 2014, I felt an urgency to support the Jewish community in eating healthier food and a desire to be part of the solution in working toward food justice for people worldwide.
Food justice is defined in a variety of ways, depending on who you talk to. The definition I resonate with most is from the nonprofit Just Food which describes food justice as:
“… Communities exercising their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food. Healthy food is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate and grown locally with care for the well-being of the land, workers, and animals. People practicing food justice leads to a strong local food system, self-reliant communities, and a healthy environment.”
It feels as if there’s a shift right now with people starting to deal with this global problem of food and hunger. People are taking food justice on as their life’s work, offering their communities healthy alternatives and supporting sustainable agriculture.
I’m fascinated by purpose-driven people who are working to make a difference in the world. This post showcases the responses from a diverse group of people in a variety of locations and life phases about their food justice work.