MFAN and The Food Group are presenting a series of workshops to help food access advocates understand the pervasive role of racism in the food system. Since the colonization of stolen lands from Indigenous peoples and the kidnapping and enslavement of people from Africa to build the United States of America, no system or institution in this country has remained untouched by racism and white supremacy, including the food system. In order for us to achieve MFAN's vision of a safe, just, healthy food system for all, we must develop a shared understanding and analysis of race and racism. In alignment with the MFAN’s strategic priorities of building skills and knowledge of network partners to advance equitable access to healthy food for all and integrating equity into all network actions, this series aims to provide a space for conversations about racial justice and resources to examine how we, our systems, and our institutions perpetuate racism and white supremacy. While this series is a starting point and will provide several opportunities to advance racial equity, MFAN network partners must understand that it is essential to seek other opportunities to learn and dismantle racism as well.

Series Schedule

Past Events:

Talking About Racism

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 9-10:30 am

Location: Neighborhood House


Healing from Racism (intended for participation by only Black, Indigenous and People of Color)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 9-10:30 am

Location UROC (2001 Plymouth Ave N, Mpls)


Owning Our Whiteness (intended for participation by only White People)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 9-10:30 am

Location UROC (2001 Plymouth Ave N, Mpls)

White Supremacy Culture

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 9-10:30 am

Location UROC

Organizational Equity Assessment

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 9-10:30 am

Location Health East

Upcoming Event:


Accountability Requires Action

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 9-10:30 am

Location UROC

All events will be facilitated by Samty Xiong from The Food Group and member of the MFAN Strategic Team.

Shared Language

To ensure we are using shared language in this series of events, please read the definitions and descriptions of racism provided by the YWCA Racial Justice Program and MFAN's definition before attending: 

MFAN's Equity Definition:

“Just and fair inclusion into a food system in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.”

Adapted from Policy Link’s Equity Manifesto

Why Racial Equity?

We must name racism and frame the issue of food access from a racial equity lens. We must normalize discussion about race within the food access movement. If we fail to do so, we will continue to uphold the status quo and maintain systems of oppression that exploit people.


For further explanation on why we must lead with race, read the following resources:

Other Resources

If you have questions or are interested in planning some of these meetings, please contact Jamie Bain at
These events have been made possible by funding from the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.