Across the US, non-profit community-based organizations are key drivers of food systems change, especially in underserved and historically disadvantaged communities where market systems alone are not solving issues of access to healthy, affordable, sustainably-produced food.
Community-led and community-driven, these organizations develop and implement solutions based on their community’s unique set of assets, opportunities, challenges and priorities. Some of the most creative and effective approaches to solving food insecurity, health disparities, economic inequity and environmental injustice emerge from this sector.
The Wallace Center, through its Community-Based Food Systems initiative, supports these non-profit community-based organizations as they build more equitable health, wealth, connection, and capacity in their communities through local and regional food systems development.
We facilitate capacity building and peer-to-peer learning among existing and emerging leaders and staff of community-based organizations, provide opportunities for sector-specific training and technical assistance, and document and disseminate our learnings to raise awareness of community-based food systems and accelerate their growth throughout across the United States.
Join the Wallace Center's Community Based Food Systems mailing list here (you may also join any of our other mailing lists on the same sign-up page).;
Join the Food Systems Leadership Network!
The Wallace Center is excited to announce the launch of a new Community of Practice to support community-based organizations working on food systems change: The Food Systems Leadership Network.
This national network will connect emerging and existing leaders and staff of community-based organizations and provide them with cost-effective opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and support, professional development, and resource sharing. With a focus on systems leadership development, sharing and adapting cutting-edge program strategies, and building operational and management capacity, the Food Systems Leadership Network aims to support, celebrate, connect and invest in the individuals and organizations tirelessly working to transform their communities through food.
Become a member to:
- Apply for mini-grants and scholarships for professional development and organizational capacity building
- Sharpen your non-profit management and business skills in the Non-Profit Boot Camp E-Learning Series
- Access tools, videos, podcasts and other resources to explore best practices and new ideas
- Apply to attend regional Food Systems Leadership Retreats
- Connect with Community Food Systems Mentors for individual coaching and support
- Engage and share with peers via an online community
For more information, contact us at FSLNinfo@winrock.org
The Wallace Center provides targeted training and technical assistance to community-based organizations working to build community through food systems change. We work directly with leadership and staff from organizations to co-design and deliver relevant assistance addressing the challenges, barriers and opportunities they face in implementing their work. We look for opportunities to provide resources, information and support that address common interests and needs in the sector, while providing more individualized support upon request.
Some of our approaches include:
- Coordinating the Food Systems Leadership Network
- Offering peer-to-peer learning opportunities via webinars, trainings, conferences and site visits
- Networking, information sharing, document review and resource referrals
- Providing one-on-one consulting and coaching
- Offering scholarships for professional development (conferences, workshops, etc.)
- Documenting and sharing innovations, adaptations, best practices, and lessons learned