United States institutions spend $130 billion annually on food, but farm workers remain one of the most exploited populations in the U.S. today. This exploitation is rooted in ongoing patterns of land theft, slavery and racial violence, and global imperialism.
Most of those food dollars are going into the pockets of Big Food corporations that exploit workers, the environment, and communities. Workers are not only underpaid, they suffer dangerous working conditions, threat of deportation from employers if they are undocumented, and not guaranteed avenues for workplace improvement.
Additionally, the small, mid-scale and BIPOC-owned farmers, fishers and food businesses who are producing healthy, real food for our communities have mostly been locked out.
We’re here to change that.
In a groundbreaking partnership, the Anchors in Action alliance has come together across universities, schools, hospitals and municipalities all over the country. We are developing a set of aligned standards for food purchasing that will drive money towards farms & food businesses that reflect our values and transform cafeterias to actually serve the needs of students, workers and community members. Read the Anchors in Action Standards Alignment Project Summary for more information!
What should these standards include?? How can we start to put our vision of food sovereignty into practice? How do you see institutions having accountability in our communities’ food system? Fill out this survey by October 15, 2021 to share your visions and be a part of the creation of the Anchors in Action Standards.