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Our Team’s Vision
Our Food Justice Momentum Team dreams of a future where every family is free of hunger and has access to the nutritious food they need to live a healthy life.
The Issue and our Current Campaign
Right now, one in five San Diego children is affected by hunger. The numbers are even worse for children in City Heights. To make the situation worse, much of the food available is heavily processed and has serious negative impacts on the long-term health and learning ability of youth.
Food justice is when all families have access to healthy, nutritious and culturally appropriate food on their table.
Our team is currently working to bring a new park with a community garden and increase park space for City Heights families and residents. We are also working with SDUSD to make school meals more delicious and culturally appropriate for all students by expanding the halal chicken program to Hoover High School.
We recently finished planning our new campaign. Our short-term goal is to have public or private land for a community garden in City Heights by the end of 2020. Our continuing goal is to expand culturally-appropriate/Halal food that is tasty and nutritious in schools. Finally, our long-term goal is to have pocket parks in City Heights by 2021. We want to live in a greener and healthier City Heights.
Our Past Campaign
Several years ago, the mothers of Muslim students at Crawford High School came to the sad understanding that many of their children were coming home from school hungry. These students, who adhere to religious dietary restrictions, were not able to eat the meat in the school meals they were depending on for their daily nutritional needs. Inspired to ensure their children had the food they needed, the Food Justice Momentum Team launched their campaign for Halal lunches at Crawford High School.
After years of hard work and community organizing, FJMT won a Halal chicken pilot program at Crawford. The pilot was a success and just two years later, a single day of Halal options became five and the program expanded from a single high school to include several local middle and elementary schools. This was a huge win for the health of children of City Heights and marked an important step in making all children feel the sense of welcoming and belonging we all want.
Who Should Join the Team?
Community members interested in combating hunger, increasing park and community garden spaces, and increasing access to healthy, nutritious, culturally-relevant food for all.
Interpretation and childcare services are provided at meetings upon request. Languages available for interpretation include Spanish, Somali, Karenni, Burmese, and Vietnamese. If you speak another language, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and we'll do our best to find an interpreter in a timely manner. Please contact us below with any interpretation and/or childcare requests.