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Cultivating Community
Cultivating Community

Bringing people together to create a more equitable food system.

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Community Food Strategies is a hub for local food collaboratives, coalitions, cooperatives, organizations, or councils across North Carolina who want to grow their voices through food.
Food is a connector. It brings us together, helps us share our cultures, and shapes our communities. But there is more to food than what we eat. The way it’s grown, processed, and obtained isn’t always equitable.
Awareness, access, and accountability are crucial to creating a just food system. And it all starts with local policy.
Change is possible, and food is what brings people together to make it happen.

What are food councils and how they can help create change in your community?

Building Networks

We believe in the potential of collaboration, and that robust networks and shared knowledge can lead to stronger outcomes for everyone. Connect with other local food collaboratives, coalitions, cooperatives, organizations, and councils across the state to learn from each other.

Sharing Resources

Looking to start your own food systems network? Interested in growing the reach of your existing local food collaborative, coalition, cooperative, organization, or council? Get access to development plans, advocacy toolkits, and more.

Providing Trainings

Education empowers, which is why we offer workshops, webinars, and a yearly gathering for local food collaboratives, coalitions, cooperatives, organizations, and councils. Learn about best practices, ways to implement new ideas, and what’s happening with policy across the state and nation.

Offering Support

If you’re looking to scale up or to get started, Community Food Strategies offers multiple levels of support, including quarterly calls, in-person coaching, access to micro-grant programs, and technical assistance.