|In order to seek justice in our food system, we must seek justice for the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Joel Acevedo, Dontre Hamilton, and the exploitation and violence against other Black, Brown and Indigenous brothers and sisters in our community and across the country. Racism has run deep in our food and agricultural ecosystems for centuries and we must work to dismantle it. We can not achieve a healthy, equitable food system if we are not willing to do racial justice work. |
The Milwaukee Food Council Board of Directors is committed to leading our organization as one that is anti-racist. Our council has articulated racial and social justice as core values of our work, yet not always invested effort and resources in these values. We will make no excuses for our past — instances where our intent and our impact were misaligned; where conditions of supremacy were upheld — we must own that. At the same time, we make a declaration to invest in an anti-racist present and future — one that seeks to understand and dismantle conditions that keep us from achieving true equity in our food system.
We honor the legacy those that came before us have built; a legacy that has at many times been led by diverse voices and centered in community. You have entrusted us to steward the trails we’ve collectively blazed over the last 12 years, and we take this responsibility seriously. Now, as a predominantly white-led organization, we know that we do not represent the diversity of our Milwaukee community. In order to recruit and retain board members and stakeholders that represent our community, we must educate ourselves so that we can better understand why our current board and organizational environment is not supportive, and at times even harmful, to our colleagues and neighbors who identify as Black, Brown, and Indigenous.
We also know that those communities should not have to bear the heavy burden of our learning. At our May 28, 2020 board meeting, we unanimously voted to: Commit over half of our available funds to a consultant that will help us examine and renew our commitment to anti-racism, equity, and diversity. As of May 1, 2020, the Milwaukee Food Council has $1,710 in our bank account. Actively seek additional grant funding specifically for racial justice work. Assemble a monthly reading schedule and list of resources on racism and racial justice as they relate to our food system. We will post our reading schedule and resources online so that our stakeholders can grow with us and hold us accountable to our learning and dismantling. The Board of Directors will be required to read along schedule, and to discuss these resources at each monthly board meeting and each general member meeting moving forward. As a board of directors and as an organization, we have great strides to make. If there are additional racial equity building strategies that you wish for the Milwaukee Food Council membership or Board of Directors to engage in, please feel welcome to connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or https://milwaukeefoodcouncil.org/contact/.
Statement also available in PDF format.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at our (first ever!) virtual May General Member Meeting! To all of our members, stakeholders, and community, we are seeking your feedback on the first draft of Milwaukee Food Council’s strategic plan. Please take the time to review and complete the following:
- Review our updated strategic plan
- Review the presentation slides from our May meeting
- Fill out this survey by July 3rd (deadline extended!)
Your feedback is anonymous unless you wish to sign up for a work group. There are optional opportunities to fill out your name to be contacted by the Board of Directors for additional follow up.
Please join us for the MFC General Meeting on Thursday March 21, 2019. We recently sent the meeting notice out to our newsletter subscribers. If you are not yet on the list, please sign up now on the MFC “Contact Us” page on the website.
If you are attending feel free to RSVP on the facebook event and share it with people you know.
We will be using a brand new format that will allow for more interaction with other attendees. Additionally we will have less speakers and dive deeper into the material presented. We think you will enjoy it and receive more benefit from your membership with MFC.
If you did not get your fancy new MFC mugs yet, no sweat. You can pick up a pair for yourself or a friend at the meeting. Bring your friends along and we look forward to gathering around the table with you on Thursday at 9 am for the March MFC General Meeting.
Hey local growers of good food. We need you to help MFC plant seeds of change!! We are excited to announce we just started a new fundraiser with High-Mowing Organic Seeds. https://www.highmowingseeds.com/ If you are freezing your tail off while dreaming and planning your gardens for next year, take a look at what we have to offer. High-Mowing has pulled together a fablous collection of some of their favorites for you to enjoy and help your local food community. The great thing about this is they kept the pricing the same as what you would pay ordering through their website. We even receive free shipping! 🙂
There are a few volunteers that have stepped up to help collect the orders. If you would like to join the team, please email the fundraiser coordinator KC @ KarinMConway@gmail.com to receive your own order forms.
If you would like to place a seed order, please also reach out and we will help you out. Checks should be made payable to “Milwaukee Food Council” and given to your coordinator at the time of the order.
We will be finalizing the orders at the Food Council Meeting on January 17, 2019. If you are planting a garden in 2019, please place an order with us before then so we can include you in our fundraising order.
Hey there fellow good food advocates. We are happy to announce a new fundriser for MFC using a beautiful coffee (or tea) mug. This is a perfect inexpensive gift when you add some coffee or tea and your own personal touch.
We are running a membership campaign called Buy 2 and Renew! For the low price of $40, you get a year of Milwaukee Food Council membership and 2 mugs. You can purchase each mug for $10 each if you prefer. Since it is a fundraiser, we will happily accept additional donations if you are able to this holiday season. Your donations will be used to make a difference in our community. We will use proceeds to fund youth food projects in Milwaukee and to help fund scholarships for new members.
The mugs have a nice large handle space for comfort and they are sporting the MFC logo.
If you are not yet a member of MFC, this is a perfect time to join us. You can use the Buy 2 and Renew! for new or renewal memberships. If you’re new, please complete the online form. http://milwaukeefoodcouncil.org/become-a-member/
If you are purchasing the mugs for christmas presents and are available to meet in the Milwaukee area, please reach out to KC soon! You can reach her at; KarinMConway@gmail.com
Buy 2 and Renew! with 1 Year Membership and 2 Mugs = $40
MFC 1 Year Membership and 4 Mugs = $55
Single Mug = $10-$15
MFC 1 Year Membership $25
Make checks payable to “Milwaukee Food Council”
We will bring the mugs to the next MFC General Meeting on Thursday January 17th where we will elect the new Board of Directors. You can always pick yours up then. You need to be a current member to vote, so make sure you join or renew before the meeting.
If you are purchasing the mugs for Christmas presents and are available to meet in the Milwaukee area, please reach out to KC soon! You can reach her at; KarinMConway@gmail.com