Imperfect stands united against any form of racism, discrimination, and injustice. We believe that Black Lives Matter. We believe that our food system and our country must do a better job at listening to, respecting, and elevating black voices and businesses.
Recent events – like the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many others – have made it undeniably clear that it’s not enough to openly condemn racism; therefore we must actively work to reverse its harmful course in our country. We all need to go beyond words and take collective action to build the type of systems we want to see. So, let’s get to work.
What is Imperfect doing for Black Lives Matter?
Imperfect is making donations as well as matching employee donations to the NAACP and Appetite for Change, an organization that uses food as a tool to create health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis.
We recognize that change also has to come from within so we’re taking a hard look at our own business and hiring practices as they intersect with race so we can start doing better. We promise to share these findings with you because we believe in transparency, vulnerability, and accountability.
What can you do?
You’re probably here because you’re looking for resources to donate and learn. You want to advance racial justice in America, support the Black Lives Matter movement and support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. So, here are some food-related organizations that we recommend:
The National Black Farmers Association is a non-profit organization representing Black farmers and their families in the United States.
National Young Farmers Coalition is a national advocacy network of young farmers fighting for the future of agriculture.
Family Agriculture Resource Management Services provides legal assistance to farmers with limited resources. They help farmers retain control and ownership of their land. They also tackle food insecurity by linking farmers up with food banks to sell surplus produce at a discounted price.
Appetite for Change uses food as a tool to build health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis. They create change that lasts by bringing people together to learn, cook, eat, and grow food.
Dreaming Out Loud works to create healthier, more equitable food systems in low-income communities of Washington D.C. In addition, they run a two-acre farm, several community gardens and farmers markets, and a food business accelerator.
FEEST is an organization led by youth of color in South Seattle and South King County. They work to improve health in their schools.
Just Food aims to shift the power, health, and wealth of historically and economically marginalized communities in New York City, particularly Black, Latinx, communities of color, LGBTQ, mixed-income, small-scale farmers, and hyper-local growers/producers.
Lunch on Me brings nutritious meals, made with redistributed organic food that would’ve otherwise gone to waste, to the Skid Row community in LA. They work six days a week and reach 10,000 people a month.
Planting Justice addresses the structural inequalities that have become embedded in the industrialized food system.
SAAFON is a network of black farmers in the Southeastern U.S. committed to empowering black communities through farming, food, and land strategies.
Soil Generation is a Black- and Brown-led coalition that works on environmental and food justice. They focus on community self-representation, anti-racism training, education, and advocacy.
Soul Fire Farm is a BIPOC-centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system.
SÜPRMARKT SÜPRMARKT is a low-cost organic grocery store working to make good food more accessible to low-income communities in L.A.
Urban Growers Collective UGC supports Chicago communities in developing community-based food systems to build economic opportunity for youth and mitigate food insecurity.
Wallace Center The Wallace Center develops partnerships, pilots new ideas while advancing solutions to strengthen communities through resilient farming and food systems.
Resources to Learn:
Dismantling racism in our food system involves learning about why it’s so pervasive and how it got to be that way in the first place. We encourage you to learn more about Black Lives Matter. So, here are some educational resources and food-for-thought to help you on your journey:
Farming While Black by Leah Penniman
The Cooking Gene by Michael Twitty
Sistah Vegan edited by A. Breeze Harper
Freedom Farmers by Monica M. White
Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America by Marcia Chatelain
Notes from a Young Black Chef by Chef Kwame Onwuachi