Real Food Scoop | No. 21

Announcing the release of our Building Power with Food Workers organizing toolkit.


We at Real Food Media are passionate about food system transformation—we want to see thriving, local, and regional food economies that produce healthy, delicious, culturally-appropriate food for all. We also know that this can’t happen without the organizing power of workers.

Many of us have been or will be food workers at some point, working for tips or low wages, working while sick or without health insurance, and even experiencing harassment or other abuses. Many of the workers who tend and harvest crops and cook and serve food can’t even afford healthy food for themselves and their families. It doesn’t have to be this way.

This May Day, as we head to the streets to support workers’ rights and protect the gains of past labor organizing (little things like the weekend and 8-hour work day) we’re also excited to launch our Building Power With Food Workers organizing toolkit. It’s the first of three organizing toolkits we’re rolling out to help you get active and inspire others to come together for healthy, fair, and sustainable food.

The toolkit includes educational materials, short films, discussion questions, activities, recipes, a glossary, and more, to explore on your own or with a group. It also includes resources to help you organize a fun and engaging film screening event around food worker justice.

We can transform the food system by standing up—as workers and with workers.

In community and solidarity,

Tanya, Christina, Anna, and Tiffani

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Header image: Oakland fast food workers’ strike, December 2014. Photo: Annette Bernhardt/Flickr.