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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Food Inequity

This guide is meant to provide users with a familiarity of many different types of oppression and how to work toward a better world by combatting oppression.

Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice. Jacques Diouf

Food Inequity is a term that is used to acknowledge that marginalized communities are more likely to be adversely affected by production and distribution of food because of their own limited resources. Food inequity is often directly related to class divides and/or racial inequality and is the reason many people in those marginalized communities face food insecurity.

Food Insecurity refers to low quality, variety, or desirability of food, disrupted eating patterns, or low food intake.


Food Justice is a movement that is collectively working to ensure universal access to nutritious, affordable, and culturally-appropriate food for all. This movement is significant because, in addition to food inequity and insecurity being tied to racism and classism, these two issues also have ties to obesity. Individuals facing food inequity or food insecurity are less likely to have affordable access to healthy and fresh foods, so the rate of obesity is much higher among individuals in these groups. In supporting food justice, individuals are also supporting the breaking down of racial inequality and class divides, and promoting the health and wellbeing of all people equally.

Edible Activist Podcast

This podcast provides empowering narratives of emerging black people and people of color who are stewarding the land, healing communities, and advocating for food justice and economic power across the globe.

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Food & Justice

This weekly series tackles issues of food access, environmental justice, health disparities, dietary racism, and other topics related to food and justice.

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The Cupboard at Penn College


In the interest of full disclosure, the creator of and collaborators for this guide identify with some, but not all of the oppressed identities presented here. As members of the Penn College community, we strive to encourage diversity, inclusion, awareness, equality, and equity. While I have made an attempt to collect and present some of the more timely, relevant, and quality resources on the topics of oppression, I recognize that my collaborators and I are still susceptible to our own implicit biases, privilege, and perspectives. Given our own limited experiences, any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, particularly from members of any marginalized populations, are sincerely welcomed and greatly appreciated.