Looking for healthier options, healthier living, and ways your joy can make a difference? We’re Operation Good Food & Beverages, and we saved you a seat at our table.

Sign our petition urging the National Restaurant Association to encourage promotion of healthier menu options in our communities. 

Good food is what we’re made of

Many healthy foods that are trendy now were brought here by our ancestors and have been central in our cuisine for centuries. Plants like okra and black-eyed peas are native to Africa, and others like kale and sweet potatoes have roots as soul food staples.

Operation Good Food & Beverages is by and for Black youth who recognize this history and want to spark a good food revolution. We’re putting our voices and culture at the forefront of the movement for better food and beverage options in our communities.

Want healthier food and beverage options in your community?

Did you know?

Equitable food and beverage advertising is a social justice issue

70% of food and beverage advertising promotes unhealthy choices like packaged food and sugary beverages

Black youth are 2× to 3× more likely to be exposed to these messages

The effects of unhealthy diets start young and can lead to chronic diseases, poor mental health, and shortened lifespan1-2
Food and beverage companies think unhealthy options are what we want, but we know better. Want to promote healthier options in your community?

Healthy eating is a radical act

We are so much more than what food and beverage companies tell us to eat. During the Civil Rights Movement, plant-based diets nourished the minds and bodies of numerous Black activists, who regarded the diet as a pathway to Black health and liberation. Today, for reasons that range from achieving health goals to connecting with African heritage, Black youth are among those spearheading the plant-based movement, with 50% of vegans identifying as either Black or Latino.3-5 Operation Good Food & Beverages believes that healthy eating can be soul-satisfying and bring joy to the mind, and that Black joy empowers and sustains our strides toward social justice.

Take your seat at the table

#OGFandB needs your voice to bring the operation to life. Get involved on social by downloading your own Social Media Kit, which includes infographics, hashtags, post recommendations, and more!

This initiative was developed with youth leadership from HeartSmilesMD, an enrichment and leadership development program serving youth in Baltimore’s most underserved communities, and is a project launched by the Council on Black Health, a research and action network dedicated to improving Black health nationwide. Questions, comments, or suggestions? Email us at: info@meliciaw1.sg-host.com