Food Justice

Working Toward Food Justice in Richmond and Henrico

What do we mean when we say “food justice”?

Food justice is about more than whether our communities have enough to eat. It’s about growing community and reclaiming power and choice. Working toward food justice means answering questions like: How can we ensure that people in every community can access, afford, buy, cook, grow, and sell food of their choice? How do we change the way we think, talk, act, and invest in food and power in Richmond if we want to support real growth and healing?

Improving food access isn’t enough: while distributing food to residents with limited resources is imperative to meet the immediate need, it is a temporary solution that doesn’t empower communities to have greater control over the food that is grown, sold, or eaten by the people who live there. Richmond and Henrico Health Districts are committed to partnering with organizations across our region to: 

  • Understand why some communities have lower access to affordable healthy foods—the root causes of food insecurity—including racist and discriminatory policy and investment decisions that have persisted for generations.
  • Partner with and learn from community leaders who are working to share knowledge, expand growing spaces, and shift power and resources to their fellow community members.
  • Radically reimagine the policies, investments, and entire systems that shape power over food in our region.



Help1RVA is an online resource where you can find food resources (and more) based on where you live. Visit the Help1RVA website (opens in new tab).

UniteVA is a way to request help from a staff member in finding food resources (and more). Visit the UniteVA website (opens in new tab).

Want to learn more about food justice work happening in Richmond and Henrico?

The Richmond Food Justice Alliance  (opens in new tab) is a powerful collective of community experts who are shaping the future of food in our region. Reach out to them for information about how to get involved. 

Find a community garden in your neighborhood (opens in new tab), or apply to start one of your own! 


Want to learn more about food access challenges where you live?

To learn more about factors that affect food access in your community, check out these data resources: 

  • FeedVA Food Security Map  (opens in new tab)— A detailed map of local food insecurity, health outcomes, school nutrition programs, and other food-related data across Virginia. 
  • USDA's Food Access Atlas  (opens in new tab)— This tool provides Census tract-level data on supermarket access, personal transportation availability, income, and poverty.
  • USDA's Food Environment Atlas  (opens in new tab)— Everything from the number of farmers’ markets and fast-food restaurants to rates of food insecurity, SNAP participation, and physical activity are reported in this easy-to-use city/county-level tool.



Projects & Partnerships

RHHD has partnered with a variety of organizations across the region to promote food justice and increase food access through innovative projects: 

The Healthy Corner Store
Initiative & Mobile markets

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Food Justice Corridor

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Feed the Culture

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School Health Advisory Board

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