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CoFED trains young people, ages 18-30, to develop food co-ops that advance racial justice and community-owned wealth in the food system. We have a deep belief in the power of young people to build a multiracial, multiclass, multicultural movement committed to creating alternatives to a racist and extractive food system that does not serve us as people or the planet. By building food co-ops, our communities can nourish, heal, and provide jobs and livelihoods for ourselves. In the process, which we believe must be led by those most directly impacted by injustice, we evolve towards collective liberation.
CoFED is at a pivotal point in our organizational development. Founded by college students and recent graduates in 2010, CoFED has historically worked exclusively with college students to start campus-based food co-ops. Beginning in late 2016, CoFED’s programs have started to serve young people off college campuses, and we will embark on strategic planning in 2018 to help us grow this vision and impact.
CoFED is a fiscally sponsored project of Inquiring Systems, Inc. We have an Executive Director and 4 contracted staff, who work remotely and are located in New York, Texas, Maryland, and California. Our work is national in scale with many projects across the country.