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Mission

The La Plata Food Equity Coalition is enhancing health equity for La Plata County BIPOC, Senior, and Rural Residents through healthy food access and shared community leadership

Vision

All residents in La Plata County will have agency over their health, access to nutritious foods, and the ability to affect social change

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

The La Plata County Food Equity Coalition cultivates spaces for underrepresented communities to gain power and create meaningful solutions to food inequity.  The coalition recognizes the systemic oppressions and inequities that face these  communities in La Plata County.  We strive to break down these barriers through understanding differences to build power, confidence, and leadership within Indigenous, Black, LatinX, Disabled, Senior, and geographically isolated communities.

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The Coalition's story

Did you know that 11% of residents in La Plata County experience food insecurity? That means that nearly one in ten of your neighbors does not have access to the food that they need to support their health and well-being. The problem is even more concentrated within our BIPOC, Senior, and rural residents. The La Plata Food Equity Coalition formed back in February 2020 to really begin to explore how we, as a county community, can ensure that everyone has equal opportunity for health, or health equity, vis a vis access to healthy food. As part of an equity approach, our efforts are focused on addressing the needs and building the power of those residents and communities most chronically and deeply impacted by food insecurity and health inequities through deep partnership and empowerment of these individuals and communities. 

The Coalition is an open community that creates a space for any interested member in the community to engage in food systems and food justice activities. Coalition meetings serve as a place where the myriad activities and ideas are shared in search of feedback, improvement, and/or partnerships; It is also a space where new ideas can emerge, a forum for discussing and evaluating progress, and anyone can express and/or help to fill newly emerging needs and gaps. 

The what

The Good Food Collective serves as The Coalition’s Backbone Organization, providing 
administrative, resource, and ‘on the ground’ support for every aspect of this project. The Coalition consists of 4 Workgroups, each led by a dedicated facilitator. Workgroup actions involve participation and leadership by affected community members.

The how

The Coalition is an open community that creates a space for any interested member in the community to engage in food systems and food justice activities. Coalition meetings serve as a place where the myriad activities and ideas are shared in search of feedback, improvement, and/or partnerships; It is also a space where new ideas can emerge, a forum for discussing and evaluating progress, and anyone can express and/or help to fill newly emerging needs and gaps. 

The who

Individuals involved in the Coalition's work:

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Weaver

  • Project Weaver 

  • Coalition members

  • Community members

  • Workgroup members

  • Workgroup facilitators

La Plata County Food equity
coalition Workgroups:

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Meet the
coalition staff

Beatriz was born in the Mexican town of Guanajuato, which is located in the center of Mexico. Her hometown is deeply rooted in Mexican history, culture, and folklore. Beatriz has sought out opportunities to improve the community. She is involved with Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center. Through her work she found that many Latinxs in the Valley lack basic resources including access to nutritional food. She has helped empower local families with the skills they need to provide their children with healthy meals on a restricted budget. Beatriz has come to see food education as a cornerstone of a healthy and productive community. 

She is a passionate activist, who cares deeply about immigration issues and social justice. To this end, she hopes to continue contributing to a better world one plate at a time!

Beatriz Garcia Waddell

Community Voice Workgroup facilitator

Rachel first fell in love with food planting potatoes in her family's garden. She has since turned her potato crush into a personal passion and a professional avocation. As the Director of the Good Food Collective, Rachel works with over 80 partners to build an intact and just regional food system in Southwest Colorado.

She is honored to bring her knowledge of food systems, extreme love of organizational development and project management, and commitment to build greater representation and inclusivity within our regional food system to her role as the La Plata Food Equity Coalition Project Weaver.

Rachel Landis

Project Weaver

Erin has worked with non-profits starting as a college student in Environmental Studies.  Pursuing causes she believes in has landed her in various roles in cooking and nutrition education, hunger relief, organic farming and affectionately known as the "food lady".  With a knack for community building and a strong passion for food equity, Erin is honored to be working with La Plata County Food System & Health Equity Coalition as Food Access Facilitator. 

erin jolley

food access Workgroup Facilitator

I joined the La Plata Food Equity Coalition in order to bring a new perspective on what is needed when it comes to health and food equity systems in La Plata County. My role within the group is to advocate for the immigrant/undocumented community. As a Latinx/BIPOC individual, advocacy for this community has been my passion and work.  

Enrique Orozco Perez

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Weaver