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Our Roots

North Country Food Alliance was founded in 2013 largely by the workers of an organization which focused on feeding people experiencing economic hardship. Unfortunately, the workers at that organization were not guaranteed a livable wage (they would sometimes earn even less than minimum wage due to a system of contracts), and they had no voice on their work conditions. The workers believed in having a workplace where everyone would be guaranteed a livable wage and would be empowered with a voice in matters that concerned them.

North Country Food Alliance (NCFA) was born on the foundation of a worker democracy. NCFA serves healthy food to people marginalized in our community and to those struggling in the working class while itself having an internal structure that supports, and is entirely comprised of, the working class.

The founders of NCFA were substantially helped by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) even before NCFA began. The IWW is a labor union that started in 1905 and remains in solidarity with the working class by striving to increase workers’ autonomy in the workplace. We have the support of our union and are held accountable for practicing our democracy.

North Country Food Alliance is a fantastic example of a successful worker-run organization.  We rely on the support of our community to maintain the practices that keep us equitable and democratic. We are dedicated to ensuring nobody in our community lives on an empty stomach. Thank you to all who work with us!