Community Food Security

CommunityFoodSecurity.jpgCommunity 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.

If you should have any questions or would like additional information, contact Robin Neal, Community Food Security Coordinator, at rneal(at)foodbankcny.org or (315) 437-1899 x222.