CHS at the South Valley Economic Development Center. Photo credit: Denise Garcia
The Just Transition Alliance is a proud member of Local Food Solutions (LFS) and a strong ally of the Campaign for Healthier Solutions (CHS). LFS is a community-created and driven project with the aim of stocking locally, sustainably grown produce and healthy food products into four dollar stores in the South Valley and International District of Albuquerque. CHS calls on Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and 99 Cents Only Stores to protect their customers and the communities in which they operate, and grow their businesses, by implementing corporate policies to identify and phase out harmful chemicals in the products they sell, and by stocking healthy, locally-grown foods.
LFS and CHS held a series of meetings from October 23rd to 26th in Albuquerque, New Mexico, including the first joint meeting between the two teams. CHS organizers enjoyed a tour of the South Valley Economic Development Center, where LFS team member Agri-Cultura Network processes and packages raw produce. The two teams met at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and identified areas for collaboration, developed a collaborative strategic plan for 2024 and beyond, and reaffirmed their commitment to supporting the leadership of local grassroots organizers and farmers.
We staunchly support the teams’ efforts to facilitate a just transition to localized economies that center healthy solutions over irresponsible corporate growth. Check out CHS’ action against 99 Cents Only Stores and consider signing on to this virtual action form to demand that 99 Cents Only Stores meet regularly with the campaign, join the Chemical Footprint Project as a signatory and responder, and commit to phasing out toxic chemicals. Stay tuned for more news about CHS and LFS in 2024!
LFS at the Sacred Roots Agricultural Site managed and managed and operated by Agricultura Network. Photo credit: Brianna Dodson