MISSION

The Coalition for Food and Health Equity is a tax exempt nonprofit organization that places hunger within the larger context of racial health equity, working to end hunger, improve health, and advance economic equity within Black and brown communities.

VISION

A nation where no one goes hungry and everyone can access the wellness services they need.

 
 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chinasa Nworu, M.Ed. MS. OTRL

Occupation Therapist, NYC Department of Education 

Co-Founder, Positive Vibes Only 

Chairman 

 

Eugene Spatz

Treasurer

 

Jesse McBride

Owner, mademeals

Chair, Restaurant Council

 

Ife Obi 

Owner, The Fit In

 

OUR STORY

The Coalition for Food and Health Equity is a Black and woman-led nonprofit organization that places hunger within the larger context of racial health equity, working to end hunger, improve health, and advance economic equity within historically marginalized communities. We envision a nation where no one goes hungry, and everyone can access the food and wellness services they need. 

Founded in 2020 by Dr. Leeja Carter, Coalition Equity is an outgrowth of the Hudson County Hunger Project (HCHP); a hunger program serving Hudson County, NJ residents. HCHP launched in March 2020 as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic with a model that delivered weekly meals to vulnerable populations in Hudson County through partnering with local restaurants. 

 

Since March 2020, Coalition Equity has expanded to addressing hunger, health, and wellness in Northern New Jersey through a racial, health, and economic equity framework. 

 

STAFF

Leeja Carter, PhD
Founder & Executive Director

Keyana Spivey, M.S.
Manager of Operations
 
Kyro Wideman
Delivery & Community Operations, Coordinator
 
Clinette Blackman, LMSW
Team Operations

Maryam Edris
Data Coordinator

Matthew Ospina 
Client Services & Data Coordinator

Martez Smith, LMSW

Research & Advocacy, Analyst

 

Tallie Woodson, M.S.

Sport Advocacy Intern

Katrina Brown

Manager of Social Media

Nasrin Jahan

Communications Team

Kendra Walker, MBA

Development Intern