IDEA and Anti-Racism Commitments
At Leftovers, we recognize that many of the issues within our food systems are deeply rooted in colonialism, white supremacy, systemic inequities, and discrimination. We commit to supporting a safer, more inclusive space for members of marginalized communities, and using our position to amplify the voices of community members with lived experience of the inequities of our food systems.
We acknowledge that colonized food systems use food as a tool of oppression, and that in order to work towards food justice, we must support food sovereignty for the Indigenous Nations in our communities. We commit to ongoing learning and exploration of the history of how colonialism has shaped our food systems, and on the current efforts being made to decolonize those systems and support food sovereignty.
We understand that IDEA and anti-racism work are a continual journey. We are committed to providing formal IDEA, anti-racism, and decolonization training to our staff and key volunteers, in order to better understand the experience of those in marginalized communities, how to recognize our own privilege and combat our own biases, and how to be better allies to people from marginalized communities who are working to decolonize and create equity within our systems.