Those experiencing and at-risk of food insecurity to take the lead in determining and shaping the public policies and strategies used to improve their situations.
The UN Right to Food is enshrined in domestic laws, justiciable, and respected, protected and fulfilled in our countries.
Labor policy ensuring workers are paid livable wages with universal income security and responsive government social protections programs available to all.
Charitable food banks and other food aid providers develop exit strategies while promoting alternative solutions to reduce the amount of corporate food waste they distribute.
Our countries to invest in local and regional food and farm economies as paths towards ending hunger, cooling the planet, and achieving food security for all.
Right to Food Advocacy
The Maine people face a critical choice and historic moment this November, to amend their constitution to declare that they have a natural inherent and unalienable right to food. The resolution that the voters will ratify was finally passed after three tries over six years, by 73% of the Maine house and 70% of the Maine Senate this past summer. Now Maine voters will decide if they want to enshrine the right to grow and access the nourishing food of their choosing, with dignity and self-determination in the constitution of the State of Maine. Listen Now
Rights Not Charity Podcast Series
Welcome to Rights Not Charity. This podcast series is about a big idea—ensuring everyone has enough food; not as a charitable gift, but as a fundamental human right.
We are the Global Solidarity Alliance for Food, Health, and Social Justice. We’re a growing collective of foodbank workers, researchers and public policy advocates, and this podcast represents our voices.
- SAFSF – On October 22, 2020, the Global Solidarity Alliance for Food, Health and Social Justice urged members of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders (SAFSF) to go beyond charity and work toward transformational food system change through the first of a two-part webinar series titled: “We Can’t ‘Foodbank’Read More
- RABBLE.CA BLOGS – Since May, Justice for Migrant Workers (Justicia) has delivered over 2,000 boxes of fresh produce to migrant farm workers across the province. Each of the FoodShare food boxes feed two to four people, meaning that thousands of workers have been relying on these deliveries. Co-ordinating weekly foodRead More
- THE CONVERSATION – COVID-19 is revealing critical weaknesses in how we care for each other. While many Canadians are being thrown out of work and need emergency food assistance, food banks have had to shut down operations to deal with physical distancing requirements, reduce staffing as elderly volunteers stay homeRead More
- The Ubyssey – Recently, the UBC Library, the AMS and the UBC Okanagan Students Union ran the bi-annual Food for Fines Campaign. The campaign invites students to reduce their UBC library fines by donating non-perishable food items: $3 in fines paid for each food item donated (to a $60 maximum).Read More
- The government is essentially subsidising firms to waste food, then redistribute it to boost their reputations. It’s grotesque. THE GUARDIAN – Who benefits from food banks? The donors? The volunteers? The recipients? You might be surprised – and dismayed – to learn that big food corporations from around the worldRead More
- The nation’s largest food charity, Feeding America, has failed to embrace the progressive values needed to make a real impact. Here’s a plan to change that. The MIT Press Reader – This is the time of year when middle-class America gives thanks for our privilege, and considers the plight ofRead More
Our Mission as an Alliance
- Build a shared analysis of the increasing use of charitable food aid, private philanthropy, and transnational corporate food banking as a flawed response to hunger and poverty
- Build collective strategies of resistance and alternative models and practices to promote the fulfillment of the right to nutritious food in our respective parts of the world
- Build global solidarity with and accompany our global allies who have long felt the perverse effects of resource extraction and colonialism, upheld through racism and white supremacy, by our governments thereby opening collective pathways to authentic struggle for food sovereignty as a right of all people everywhere