Regional Philanthropy: Food Insecurity
As of the 2020-2021 affiliation year, NEACURH's regional philanthropy will be based on a unifying topic. The first and current topic we are dedicating our
service initiatives to is Food Insecurity.
What is Food Insecurity?
Food Insecurity is a measurement used to understand and assess the risk of hunger based on one's availability to provide all household individuals with enough food to lead a healthy lifestyle. It is estimated that 1 in 9 people struggle with hunger.
Food insecurity is commonly an outcome of poverty caused by unemployment, low paying wages, bills, and other expenses, unanticipated bills (i.e. car accident or emergency health concerns), the costs of education, and other financial crises. Food insecurity may also occur if an individual's access to food is not reliable or sufficient.
This lack of access can cause several impacts on people's lives including serious health complications (especially for individuals who may have to
choose to buy food over medical treatments), damage to child growth and learning, and malnutrition.
Our Community & Food Insecurity
While this guide serves to provide context and programs for supporting food-insecure students within our community, it is important to recognize the intersectionality of this topic.
As mentioned, food insecurity is usually higher within lower-income communities and in the United States, wealth distribution is directly influenced by one's identities or background. Whether it be your race, ethnicity, origin, (dis)ability, religion, gender, sex, sexuality, etc. identity plays a direct role in an individual's access to wealth and in this case, food.
While we encourage you to serve the students in your community, we also ask you to think about the marginalized communities that are more likely to be more food insecure and find ways to serve them in addition to your campus community. Always consider the voices and identities not being represented in your work, challenge yourself to create more inclusive practices for more holistic service initiatives.
Resources for Further Education
- Experiences of Hunger and Food Insecurity in College by Lisa Henry
- Food Insecurity on Campus: Action and Intervention by Katharine Broton, Clare Cady, and Sara Goldrick-Rab
- Feeding the Other: Whiteness, Privilege, and Neoliberal Stigma in Food Pantries (Food, Health, and the Environment) Rebecca T. de Souza
- The Unending Hunger: Tracing Women and Food Insecurity Across Borders by Megan Carney
- The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement by Andrea Curtis and Nick Saul
- Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy by Alison Hope Alkon
Videos & Documentaries
A Place at the Table
Wasted: The Story of Food Waste