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Healthy Food for Healthy Communities

This is an ongoing project to look at the food system and its impacts on climate, the environment, health, and social justice in our communities.

What is healthy food? We start from the assumption that food must contribute to the health of the individual who eats it and of the community as a whole, including how and where it is grown.

The specific activities depend on what is happening in the community at the time, but an intern can expect to work on some or all of the following:

  • Understand and update research on environmental nutrition and showing the effects of the industrialized food system;
  • Engage and work with community organizations such as the Food Policy Council, community health departments, and school systems to develop and implement strategies;
  • Take action to raise both public & professional awareness of the need to purchase and serve food that is grown without harmful chemicals, comes from local farms, and for which food producers and workers are paid fairly;
  • Create posters, articles, fact sheets, and/or oral presentations to groups to raise awareness various aspects of sustainability in the  food system
  • Develop ways to reduce waste by eliminating single-use serving products and promoting more effective recycling & composting; work for surplus food to be donated to local agencies and all remaining food waste to be composted

Some previous interns’ work on food and health:

Updated March 2018