Food Insecurity & Food Culture (Hunger)

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Working with school gardens, food distribution centers, and other agencies to promote healthy living, increase awareness about hunger and food culture, and address food insecurity in the New Orleans region and beyond

Food Insecurity, the state of being without reliable access to sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food, is a global issue. This issue area places emphasis on working hands-on with school gardens, food distribution centers, and other agencies to help promote the concepts of healthy living, creating awareness about hunger and exploring food insecurity. Though food insecurity is often defined as a household’s lack of food access based on financial or other material resources, food insecurity is based on three pillars including food availability, access, and use. In addition to limited financial resources, food insecurity can be caused by a households lack of access to grocery stores, living in food deserts, or not having the time to shop or cook. In a food secure world, all people would have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life (World Food Summit, 1996). The Food insecurity and food culture topic includes many ways to address community issues related to food.

Ways to Address and Explore Food Insecurity and Food Culture

  • Work with Food Distribution Centers like community food banks and soup kitchens
  • Grow food by working with a local community garden, start your own garden, and/ or support CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Projects
  • Support Local Food Preservation efforts like the Slow Foods Movement, Oak Street PoyBoy Preservation Festival in New Orleans, ect.
  • Participate in gleaning and food collection projects aimed at food redistribution of left over, damaged, or out of date produce
  • Support nonprofit culinary arts training programs for youth (Including: Café Reconcile and Liberty’s Kitchen)
  • Support food waste reduction projects on and off campus
  • Teach cooking classes that promote the use of local, healthy, affordable ingredients
  • Donate food items to food distribution centers (Including: Second Harvest Food Bank)
  • Learn about how families or individuals qualify for food assistance programs like SNAP, WIC and EBT and their impact on healthy living, food access and food insecurity
  • Document and research local food culture and the methods used for restoring, preserving and promoting its cultural, environmental and economic significance