Access to good food for all. Who can’t get behind that idea? Turns out, once you start to walk down that road, you find a lot of complexities—factors that add up to a lack of access to good food by food insecure populations. That’s what I hear from folks who are addressing this “wicked problem” on a daily basis. But note that they *are* addressing the problem. This month in Food+Co-ops, let’s take a look at how.
Pieces of the puzzle include consumer education, cost, and transportation.
- How can we increase knowledge about where to find good food, how to prepare it, and where to use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (aka food stamps, known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT)?
- How can we make good food affordable, and also help people understand the ‘true cost of food’ and how it relates to prices charged by farmers and big box retailers?
- How do folks get to and from the places where good food is available?
One strategy that you’ll see across the two leadership tales below is community partnerships. So let’s take a look at how NOFA-VT and an alliance within the New England cooperative economy are making strides each day toward this important and powerful goal. Continue reading Food+Co-ops: Access to Good Food for All