Community Food Security
Community 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.
Food Bank's community food security initiatives promote both the local economy and self-sufficiency among individuals using the emergency food network. Through investing dollars with local farmers, establishing gardens at member programs, distributing container gardens to low-income individuals and connecting families to local farmers' markets, Food Bank creates additional access to fresh produce for families in need.
Food Bank's Garden-in-a-Bucket project distributes 5-gallon buckets filled with soil and a tomato plant to pantry recipients, complete with gardening and maintenance instructions. Many emergency food recipients do not have land to plant a traditional vegetable garden, but Garden-in-a-Bucket provides these individuals with the opportunity to have fresh vegetables during the summer; all they need is water and sunlight.
For emergency food recipients who do have access to land for planting, Food Bank offers an interactive Plant a Seed project that provides individuals with vegetable seeds and instructions on how to care for their plants throughout the season.
Do you have a garden at your program? If the answer is no, as a member of the Food Bank, you have the opportunity to receive a garden grant award. The award includes $250 worth of materials to start up a small container garden at your facility. To apply, fill out the garden grant application below completely and submit the application by January 15, 2012. A maximum of ten programs will receive the award on a first come, first served basis. Hurry and do not wait to fill it out! Awards will be announced February 2012.
Garden Grant application [PDF]