Whole Measure for Community Food Systems

Whole Measure for Community Food Systems

Community Food Security is a condition in which all community residents obtain a safe, culturally appropriate, nutritionally sound diet through an economically and environmentally sustainable food system that promotes community self-reliance and social justice.
(Based on a definition by Mike Hamm and Anne Bellows)

The World Hunger Year’s Food Security Learning Center describes community food security as: At a basic level, Community Food Security is about making healthy food accessible to all. It focuses on bringing fresh, local food into low-income communities, thereby reducing hunger, and improving individual health. But, as the definition above suggests, it’s about much more than that.

• Providing fair wages and decent working conditions for farmers and food system
• Promoting social justice and more equitable access to resources
• Empowering diverse people to work together to create positive changes in the
food system and their communities.
Community Food Security is about:
• Making nutritious and culturally appropriate food accessible, not just any food
• Supporting local, regional, family-scale, and sustainable food production building and
revitalizing local communities and economies


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