Food Justice Initiative

This school year, the Food Justice Team will conduct legal and policy research around Food-is-Medicine models, with the goal of creating instructional materials that the team’s partner organizations can use to build out programs and advocate for policy changes that will ensure that low-income people have access to the healthy food that all people deserve. Our work will look to promote systemic change through community organizing and policy advocacy, to ensure being able to live a healthy life is not a class-based privilege. This is an extension of the team’s work in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.

In the 2020-2021 school year, the Food Justice Team authored a memo on potential implementations of Food-is-Medicine pilot programs in Mississippi, prepared instructional materials for partner organizations, and conducted a survey of Federally Qualified Health Centers that garnered information on their implementation of Food-is-Medicine projects.
Since March 2009, Harvard Law School student teams have worked on legislation and advocacy related to food policy in the Mississippi Delta region. Students have worked on a range of projects which focus on two primary goals: (1) improving access to healthy foods for Mississippi residents and (2) spurring economic growth for small farmers and local food producers.