Black Food Sovereignty Coalition

Strengths and Tradition

Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (BFSC) is a member-based organization working in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and POC (BIPOC) growers, policy makers, advocates, and educators to stabilize food systems infrastructure for marginalized communities in the Pacific Northwest. BFSC evolved from the foundational work of Mudbone Grown, Beyond Black CDC, POIC, We Grow, the Coalition for Prosperity of the People, and other culturally-grounded grassroots initiatives and organizations focused on food justice. Founded in 2018, BFSC serves as a collaboration hub, working alongside established justice driven efforts to support existing community initiatives, strengthen community food systems, transform cultural spaces, and conserve resources.

BFSC is a Pacific Northwest wide coalition based in Portland, Oregon. Most of our programmatic work takes place in the Upper Willamette Valley, primarily in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties. In addition, we serve on the Leadership Team of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network and work collaboratively to advance equitable statewide policy/systems change efforts.

Key Goals and Strategies

The primary goal of BFSC is to support building strong organizational governance, land justice, and program development networks throughout the Pacific Northwest focused on three core areas:

Food: Provide healthy, culturally relevant food, grown by our community members, to meet the nutritional needs of Black people. Build leadership capacity among our network to advance equitable policy/systems change and spur the development of a resilient regional food system.

Place: Reclaim our right to thrive in any neighborhood by connecting people to place and the opportunities that the place provides; increasing the self-reliance of Black people in meeting the food needs of their communities through stewardship of land resources.

Wealth: Deconstruct barriers to wealth creation within our communities and build foundations for wealth creation in the Black community through food and place; create innovative marketing strategies that mutually benefit Black food producers and Black consumers