Living in a Food Insecure Community – Video

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.

 

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Screen Capture from the video Living in a Food Insecure Community by FoodFirst.


28 comments

emily r.
emily rutledge4 years ago

How is this fair? If grocery stores are now the ONLY source of nutritious food, they should be evenly available. Small farms used to be our source of food. Major corporations have now taken that over and they make choices only on their profit margins. Cities need to make nutritious food evenly available. Otherwise it is an injustice and a health violation.

Aoife O Mahony
Aoife O Mahony4 years ago

So sad that this could be happening, with the ridiculous overabundance of food available to so many of us.

Deborah L.
Deborah L.4 years ago

There, but for the grace of God, go I....

Rebecca S.
Rebecca S.4 years ago

sad how food insecure even people in progressive countries can be.

Carole R.
Carole R.4 years ago

Thanks for the post.

Jolyne Remy
Jolyne R.4 years ago

Thanks for the video and the article.

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Thanks Gena.

John M., who says migrant workers are receiving food stamp benefits? One must be a citizen to receive government assistance and many migrant workers are undocumented, but they manage to scrape by considerin gthelow wages, exploitation and discrimination they routinely face fro peope like you. It sounds to me like you're using immigrants and migrant workers as a scapegoat. Why don't we instead focus on the down economy, corporate and Republican greed, elitism, political obstructionism and their endless assault on the middle class and their refusal to pay their fair share?

April Kinsella
April Kinsella4 years ago

I find this to be true in most cities, ones that I've been to that is. The areas of a city that are financially challenged end up with Grocery Stores that have more expensive prices- BUT these same stores, located in affluent areas -ARE CHEAPER in the middle to upper class areas. Same store, same brands, same corporated owners, Just taking advantage- where they can, of less fortunate people, and in turn making them EVEN Less Fortunate.

John Mansky
John Mansky4 years ago

With so many unemployed and so many hungry, even the soup kitchens are overstressed. The food banks are also empty faster. The Federal Food Stamp Program s@#*s. But NOT for Migrant Workers! .. Thanks for the sad article...

Cathy Koch
Cathy Koch4 years ago

Why do we remake words or phrases? They're no longer used cars but pre-owned and now food insecurity? Call it what it is, HUNGRY! I live on a fixed income and I'm hungry, can't make it stretch to pay for everything so some months I buy scrips, some months I may get to buy food. I get just about $10.00 to much to qualify for ANY program and I'm hungry, I'm not the least bit insecure about food!