The short answer is having nutritional meals for the entire family, 7 days a week without creating a debt or reducing funds from other necessities (pulling cash from rent or car payments for example). Based on the 1996 World Food Summit, food security is defined as when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).
Who is affected by food insecurity and why?
Seasonal workers, a person living with an illness, loss of job, increase in other bills, unplanned bills (braces, accident, glasses, etc), medical needs, divorce, death in the family, inflation, low income. The causes are vast.
How do we create food security at Daniel’s Table?
At Daniel’s Farmer’s Market, we provide nutritional fresh produce and groceries weekly in a client’s choice format. We organize the market so families can have the food they enjoy and need according to the USDA MyPlate standards. The cooking demos ensure the client is familiar with local foods, their preparation, shopping, and nutrition. They learn at the kids’ table, have fun, and get interested in food at a young age.
Our Community Freezer Program provides nutritional and balanced prepared meals throughout the city. It is convenient for clients in need that can’t afford transportation or for some reason are not able to cook. It also provides immediate hunger relief and allows people to seek proper and other sources of assistance.
How can you help?
Donate, volunteer, advocate. Monetary support, organizing a fundraiser, providing services as distributing or preparing food, data entry, spreading the word about Daniel’s Table mission of bringing food security. Engage, learn more about the social issues in your community.