Food Equity

Resident Food Equity Advisors

The Resident Food Equity Advisors (RFEA) Initiative is designed to address equity by including residents’ voices to influence and advise the City’s Food Desert Retail and Food Resilience policies and plans. Sixteen advisors, selected through an application and interview process, meet with key policymakers and city officials to learn about and provide vision and input to the policy and planning strategies of the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative (BFPI). The meeting topics include the following:

  • Food Environment Mapping/Equity Overview
  • Attraction & Retention of Supermarkets/Grocery Stores
  • Improve Corner, Convenience, and Small Grocery Stores
  • Urban Agriculture and Growing Food in the City
  • Food Access Transportation Strategy
  • Food Resilience Plan

Contact Information

Joyce Smith, Community Liaison Coordinator, Co-Chair             443-676-3932             [email protected]

Holly Freishtat, Food Policy Director, Co-Chair                             443-928-3477             [email protected]

Alice Huang, Food Access Planner                                                   410-396-3899             [email protected]

Structural Racism in the Food System

In March 2015, BFPI hosted Structural Racism in the Food System, a training for food system leaders in Baltimore City. Led by Kolu Zigbi and Yonette Fleming, more than 30 leaders attended from the government, non-profit, service provider and educator sectors, and topics ranged from the history of structural racism in Baltimore to how to talk about and act on issues of race through each organization’s mission and work.

Recommended Readings

Policy Link Center for Health Equity and Place – Food Systems
Leaders of Color Discuss Structural Racism and White Privilege in the Food System
Building The Case for Racial Equity in the Food System
Growing Food and Justice For All – Glossary
The Hands That Feed Us: Challenges and Opportunities for Workers Along the Food Chain
Why Food Belongs in Our Discussion of Race

Supported by The Abell Foundation