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Discussion Series: Race, Racial Equity, & the DC Food System

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Conversations centering racial equity in local food systems work

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The ongoing police and racism-fueled violence in the U.S., including the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others, has painfully underscored the need for proactive anti-racist work and centering racial equity in all policies, including food policy. The DC Food Policy Council invites anyone engaged in the DC food system (as a professional, student, or resident) to this conversation series to reflect, learn, and hold ourselves accountable.

Sessions 1-3 focused on personal racial identities, privilege, and how these interact with food system work. The FSNE Racial Equity Challenge is helpful (but not required) to start exploring these themes on your own.

Session 4: The History of DC's Grocery Gap (recording available here).

Session 5: Land Access and the Racial Wealth Gap (recording available here).

Session 6: How Racism and White Supremacy Influence Nutrition Education (recording available here).

Session 7: Racial Injustice and Workers in the Food Supply Chain (recording available here).

Session 8: Racism in Lending Practices & Supporting Business Owners of Color

Join us this Friday, December 11 from 10 am to 11 am for a discussion about the impact of racism in starting and operating Black and Brown-owned businesses, how historically racist lending and capital policies manifest in the District today, and how we can work to promote equitable opportunities for DC businesses as part of an economic recovery.


  • Marjorie Nemes-Galarza, Chief of Development & Strategy, Latino Economic Development Center
  • Furard Tate, Co-Founder of DMV Black Restaurant Week and Owner of Inspire DMV Hospitality


  • Emi Reyes, Chief of Operations, Risk, & Investments, Latino Economic Development Center and Co-Chair of the Food Policy Council’s Entrepreneurship and Food Jobs Working Group
  • Ronnie Webb, President & Founder of the Green Scheme and Co-Chair of the Food Policy Council’s Entrepreneurship and Food Jobs Working Group

Join us on Webex or with the call-in information here:

  • Meeting number: 180 110 1765
  • Password: FOOD
  • +1-202-860-2110 United States Toll (Washington D.C.)
  • 1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
  • Access code: 180 110 1765

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