CFJC Origins/Future

The California Food and Justice Coalition (CFJC) was formed in 2002 to bring together diverse interests to influence state policy issues related to food security. CFJC is a coalition of organizations and agencies working on public health, education, anti-hunger, sustainable agriculture, environmental, social justice and other issues related to food security. Throughout the last year, the Coalition was busy forming a steering committee, developing its mission statement and organizational pledge, and publishing a policy platform.

Before the CFJC was created, the Community Food Security Coalition held a series of listening sessions in California to solicit input about what was needed to advance the food security movement in the state. Following these sessions, 120 organizations and state agencies attended the 2002 California Community Food Security Summit in Oakland and decided that there was a need for a statewide coalition to work on these issues. Soon after, a steering committee was elected and the California Food and Justice Coalition was born.

Founding Members of the CFJC Steering Committee
Berkeley Food Policy Council
California Nutrition Network
Californians for Pesticide Reform
California Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
Center for Food and Justice
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Environmental Science Institute
Foundation for Global Community
Fresno Metro Ministry
Health Education Council
New Panther Vanguard Movement
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
San Francisco Food Systems Council

In September, CFJC will host a series of three regional meetings with its members and allies to set the coalition’s policy priorities and to develop campaign strategies for the 2004 legislative year. These events constitute the first step in launching the Coalition’s 2004 Campaign for Food Security in California.

Sacramento - Tues., Sept. 16th
Hosted by: Health Education Council & Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Location: South Natomas Community Center
2901 Truxel Rd.
Sacramento, CA 95815

Los Angeles - Tues., Sept. 23rd
Hosted by: Center for Food & Justice at Occidental College
Location: Mercado La Paloma
3655 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Fresno - Tues., Sept. 30th
Hosted by: Fresno Metro Ministries
Location: Stone Soup
1345 Bulldog Lane, Suite 4
Fresno, CA 93726