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It seems only yesterday when our Co-Directors, Joann Lo and Jose Oliva, had the honor of receiving the 2017 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award. We were delighted to hear that Ramon Torres, the President of one of our member organizations, Familias Unidas por la Justicia, and Dara Cooper from theNational Black Food & Justice Alliance, a co-founder of the HEAL Food Alliancewith us, were selected to be two of 2018 James Beard Foundation Award recipients! Jose and Joann nominated both of them for this year’s award!

We are fortunate to have such wonderful, hardworking members and allies and overjoyed to see their hard work be recognized. Let’s celebrate with Ramon, Dara, and the thousands of workers and farmers in the food sector who are benefiting from their great work!And congratulations to all the James Beard Foundation recipients! They include Ferd Hoefner, Senior Strategic Advisor, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition; Doug Rauch, President/Founder, Daily Table; and Shirley Sherrod, Executive Director, Southwest Georgia Project.