Eating well is about making healthy choices. At least that’s what people say. Those choices involve the ability not only to choose what it is you want to eat but also to have the ability to get to the food source and bring it back home.
I know there is more to shopping than choosing to buy healthy foods. I do not have a car. I can purchase only what I can carry and, depending on where I choose to shop, food can be more expensive.
Many nights after a long day it is tempting to stop by the local fast food place and call it a done deal. But I have more options than some folks.
For people in certain communities there is no choice where to shop. There can be financial, geographic or transportation obstacles to obtaining clean, healthy food.
In this video, Jacques Jackson explains what food options are available to him in Watsonville, CA and what he and his family have to do in order to purchase non-fast food items.
Jacques was a participant at the 15th Annual Conference of the Community Food Security Coalition. One of the sponsors was The Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First.
This non-profit looks at the causes of the lack of access of food and then works with communities to find appropriate answers.
It doesn’t take much to be food insecure. If your are senior or elder person on a fixed income that can make you food insecure.
You can lose a job or suddenly face additional medical costs; you can face a natural disaster in your area and have to find ways to cope.
One of the things that we can do is talk about creating better options for our communities.
Screen Capture from the video Living in a Food Insecure Community by FoodFirst.