2020 Food Council Celebration. Shared Gifting Recap.
Fall 2020
Inspiring connections and encouraging collective action.

What a year it has been, and continues to be. 2020 has been full of surprises, loss, action and inaction, as well as creativity and partnership.  Amidst the pandemic, you continued to meet and organize; you challenged elected officials; you created new partnerships; you supported local farmers, food businesses and food industry workers; you served your community needs.  You all are showing up for your families and communities even more than before.  

In honor and admiration of all that you are doing, we invite you to Celebrating Connectivity & Creativity, a 2020 virtual food council celebration.  We will hear from a keynote speaker, Shantell Bingham, Director of the Food Justice Network at Cultivate Charlottesville. We will release a new video celebrating your work and we’ll strategize about what’s next. As a growing network of passionate people, how can we collectively learn, unlearn, shift, and test strategies that will help us face future challenges with strength and resilience? 

This year has been long, grueling at times, and also eye-opening for the possibilities of our future. As fall harvests abound, we offer deep gratitude for the generosity and abundance of our food family.  Our team is incredibly grateful to be in this work with you. 

Please share with your networks and invite your food council members and partners to a 2020 Food Gathering: Celebrating Connectivity & Creativity!


Even though we cannot share meals together like we used to, we are still building relationships and caring for each other through food.  We experienced this connection in our six Regional Shared Gifting Circles. Food councils came together by region to take a deeper look at each other’s work and then to decide how to distribute funding to each other.

Over two half days of virtual convenings, participants met new council members, pitched their proposals, asked questions, offered suggestions, shared resources, and ultimately gifted more than $100,000 to each other.  As the grantor and grantee, they openly shared their group’s reasonings behind their decisions and reactions to what they received.  After a second round of re-gifting and sometimes a third round, participants redistributed their funds based on their values and what they knew to have the most impact.

Highlights from 2020 participants:

Shared Gifting is about redistributing philanthropic power, trusting community knowledge, and creating relationships that give into the future.  In a time of exposing the inequities and flaws in our current institutions and philanthropic models, this network took a leap of faith to trial a new process for community support. Our team and the participants all learned a lot over the course of these six multi-day events.  We look forward to sharing a more in-depth story and video of our experiences and learnings soon.  For now, here are a few highlights from participants.

USDA Opens COVID Relief Funding for Small Farms: Apply Now! 

The USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP2) helps farmers facing market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. This version of the program is helpful for small and medium, diversified farms.  

Please share with your networks.


Bi-monthly Connection Calls
Tuesdays, 2:30 - 3:45pm. Zoom link
Join us twice a month to connect with other food councils and partners across the state to exchange ideas, deepen learning, and share resources related to food and agriculture.  We'll use breakout rooms as needed to better facilitate learning and action.  
Youth Food Council Catalyst
Apply by November 11th!
We're seeking a dynamic, engaged young person to strengthen the connections between youth-led food councils and increase opportunities for youth leadership in all food councils.  This position will be a bridge between youth groups and food councils across North Carolina.   



The Winston-Salem Urban Food Policy Council (UFPC) saw an opportunity to reinvigorate underutilized city infrastructure to launch the Liberty St. Urban Farmer’s Market. They collaborated with urban growers and vendors to safely sell their products amid COVID-19, secured equipment to accept SNAP/EBT on behalf of vendors, and provided SNAP matches of up to $5.
Along with many key partners, Alamance Food Collaborative helped plan a COVID-safe Juneteenth event to celebrate Black History and build community engagement through food. They organized a culturally relevant meal made with product grown by Black farmers.  These catered dinners were placed in take-home boxes printed with biographies of historical Black leaders in Alamance County. 
Just Foods Collaborative helped repair a refrigerated truck used to store and transport thousands of produce box deliveries from Conetoe Family Farm and other affiliates to seniors through Ripple Effects’ Serving our Seniors Program.
ABC2’s Grow K Youth Council helped provide healthy meals every Saturday to anyone in the community, filling a gap in weekend meal programs. They partnered with a local chef who sources local produce for their farm-to-table restaurant, The Hen & The Hog. 


When Diversity Isn’t Enough: Experiences of Board Members of Color at Agricultural and Environmental Nonprofits:  RAFI-USA recently release this publication and is offering it free of charge to all. Request a hard-copy or PDF at the link above.

Changing the Food System Takes More than Change: Stories of Funding Food Policy Councils: A guide from Food Policy Networks on the challenges and successes experienced by eight food policy councils seeking funding to support their work.

Urban Agriculture Magazine special edition on Food Policy Councils, October 2019, published by RUAF Global Partnership on Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems.

Young Farmers Racial Equity Toolkit: National Young Farmers Coalition provided this toolkit as a starting point for white farmers to deepen their understanding of pervasive racialized oppression.

Community Food Strategies works with local food councils and networks to create community-led collaboration and equitable policy change at the local, state and national level. This multi-organizational initiative focuses on building alliances and providing tools, trainings, and statewide structure to a growing network of local food councils across North Carolina.

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