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  • 1.AmeriCorps Wellness 360Looking Forwardat First Grace

2. Food AccessFood Access means all community members haveaccess to good food. The W.K. KelloggFoundation describes such food as being: Healthy Fair Green Affordable 3. Food SecurityWhen a person does not have access to goodfood they become food insecure. Someaccess issues that lead to food insecurity are: 4. Access Issues Living in a food desert People in this situation do not have adequate grocery stores close to them. They must rely on convenience stores or take the bus/walk/ride bike to the nearest grocery store. This limits the amount of food that people can purchase in one trip. 5. Access Issues(Continued) Transportation issues Although many farmers markets take food stamps, it can be difficult for low income community members to find transportation to the market locations. 6. Access Issues(Continued) High price of healthy food Those who are on a limited budget often must make the choice between purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables and purchasing cheap foods that make you feel full for less money. Because of government subsidies, it is often the unhealthy, empty calorie foods that are the cheapest. 7. The NeedOhio has been particularly hard hit byeconomic troubles. Akron unemploymentlevels are in double digits and EmergencyFood Providers have seen dramatic increasesin the need for food. 8. Solving the problem The issues of food access and foodinsecurity can be addressed by thinkingabout them in terms of:Community Food Security 9. Community Food SecurityCommunity food security is a condition in which all community residents obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice.--Mike Hamm and Anne Bellows 10. 6 Principles of CFSLow Income Food NeedsLike the anti-hunger movement, CFS is focused on meeting thefood needs of low income communities, reducing hunger andimproving individual health.Broad GoalsCFS addresses a broad range of problems affecting the food system,community development, and the environment such as increasingpoverty and hunger, disappearing farmland and family farms, innercity supermarket redlining, rural community disintegration, rampantsuburban sprawl, and air and water pollution from unsustainablefood production and distribution patterns. 11. 6 Principles (Continued) Community FocusA CFS approach seeks to build up a communitys food resourcesto meet its own needs. These resources may includesupermarkets, farmers markets, gardens, transportation,community-based food processing ventures, and urban farms toname a few. Self Reliance/EmpowermentCommunity food security projects emphasize the need to buildindividuals abilities to provide for their food needs. Communityfood security seeks to build upon community and individualassets, rather than focus on their deficiencies, CFS projects seek toengage community residents in all phases of project planning. 12. 6 Principles (Continued) Local AgricultureA stable local agricultural base is key to a community responsivefood system. Farmers need increased access to markets that paythem a decent wage for their labor, and farmland needs planningprotection from suburban development. By building stronger tiesbetween farmers and consumers, consumers gain a greaterknowledge and appreciation for their food source. Systems-OrientedCFS projects typically are inter-disciplinary, crossing manyboundaries and incorporating collaborations with multipleagencies. These principles are from The Community Food Security Coalition www.foodsecurity.org 13. What Weve Done So FarThe following slides illustrate how we haveput the 6 principles of Community FoodSecurity to work during our 2010-2011AmeriCorps year 14. Peoples Choice Food PantryShoppers have theopportunity to choosewhich groceries will fittheir own situation thebest. This allows notonly less food waste,but a greater sense ofdignity. 15. Local ProduceOur AmeriCorps team hasintroduced fresh produceinto the pantry. Some ofthe produce comes fromthe Akron-CantonRegional Food Bank andsome is surplus donated bylocal farmers. 16. Kitchen UtensilsThanks to a generousdonation from LocalRoots Co-Op inWooster, The pantrywas able to startoffering pots, pans, andother kitchen utensils. 17. Spice DriveWe organized a spicedrive to be able to offerspices at pantry. Forfamilies that rely on thefood pantry, spices canturn ordinary foods intosomething special. 18. NewsletterOur newsletter includeshealthy recipes with afocus on pantryingredients. Wespotlight vegetables andfurther engage the areaby including profiles oflocal communitymembers. 19. Cooking DemosOur demos showpantry shoppers how touse unfamiliaringredients, highlightsrecipes from ournewsletter, and givesshoppers the chance tosample deliciouspantry food. 20. Farmers Market Outing To address the issue of transportation to the Farmers Market, our team has collaborated with Countryside Conservancy. We will give interested community members a ride to the market, and the conservancy will give a lesson on how to stretch your food dollar while there. 21. Community MealsThe AmeriCorps Focus on fresh,team plans thelocal ingredientsfirst Saturday Provide servicefree lunch. with dignity A dinner party thatthe wholecommunity isinvited to. 22. After School ProgramGives children theopportunity to eat morefruits,vegetables, andhealthy foods Gives them theopportunity to exercise 23. Teen MealOpportunity tointroduce teens tonew foods likeQuiche andSpaghetti SquashGives teens thechance to learnvaluable cookingskills 24. Wellness FairsOur MLK wellness fairallowed the community togather information on avariety of important socialservices. We plan onhaving more fairs that willenable a conversationbetween the communityand the organizations thatserve us. 25. OutreachThe AmeriCorps teamhas also partnered witha church in the SummitLake Neighborhood todevelop an after schoolprogram focused onfeeding healthy food tohungry kids. 26. OutreachThe AmeriCorps teamhas worked withFreedom House, ahomeless shelter forveterans, and cooked ameal to share with theresidents. 27. Building The FutureThe following ideas can help us continue tofollow the 6 principles of Community FoodSecurity 28. Volunteer Recruitment As our programs grow we can recruit volunteers from the community to help build self reliance. We will be looking for volunteers to help:Community gardenShare recipes for newsletterTeach community members basic cooking skillsAssist with pantryAssist with community meals 29. Building Relationships We will continue to build relationships with other groups that are committed to attaining Community Food Security. Such groups include:Crown Point Ecology CenterCountryside ConservancySummit Food Policy CoalitionOhio State University Extension OfficeFreedom House 30. Getting Thing Done.... In Ohio! 31. Our Program is generously funded by: