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Definitions

Hunger is a complex problem that requires multiple solutions. Read on to better understand some of the more common anti-hunger terms used to reframe the issue.

Community Garden

A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. Community gardens provide fresh produce and plants as well as labor, neighborhood improvement, sense of community, and connection to the environment.

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems, Healthy Food, Community Solutions

Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative, locally-based model of agriculture and food distribution. CSA members pay a farmer at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit.

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems, Healthy Food, Community Solutions

Farmer's Markets

Farmers' Markets are markets where consumers purchase food directly from farmers and artisans.

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems, Community Solutions, Get Help

Food Rescue

Food rescue is the process of collecting healthy fresh food from local restaurants and supermarkets and distributing it to community organizations where it is cooked and eaten. Food rescue improves the environment, improves public health, and saves money.

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems, Community Solutions

Food Security

Food Security refers to a household's physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that fulfills the dietary needs and food preferences of that household for living an active and healthy life.

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems, Get the Facts, Community Solutions

Gleaning

Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers' fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest.

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems, Community Solutions

Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture is the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in or around a city. Urban agriculture contributes to food security and food safety in two ways: first, it increases access to fresh vegetables, fruits, and meat products for urban residents and second, it strengthens the local economy by providing jobs and economic activity.

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems, Community Solutions