Food Access

The Food Access Crosscutting Team connects organizations working on food security, food access, and nutrition issues, assesses how well food access issues are being integrated into Farm to Plate Network Working Groups, and works to ensure that local food is accessible to low income Vermonters in every corner of the state. The team works to integrate Food Justice and Racial Equity into their discussions and in the Vermont Farm to Plate Network. They make a special efforts to explore new opportunities for collaboration with working groups.

In 2016, the Crosscutting Team began partnering with the Farmland Access and Stewardship Working Group to develop materials about addressing food access for town planners and communities to use. In 2016, the group learned about programs that help low-income Vermonters afford local food and about the factors that influence the cost of food, including national agricultural subsidies, labor costs, and purchasing power of low-income households.


Activities

December meeting focuses on gleaning and its impact on the local food system Add to Collection

The Food Access Crosscutting Team met in December to hear from experts and discuss the role of gleaning in addressing food access and its impact on the local food system.

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Food Access Crosscutting Team discusses "The True Cost of Local Food" in recent meeting Add to Collection

The Food Access Crosscutting Team met in September at Highgate Apartments in Barre to hear from experts and community members about why food costs what it does, why processed food is often the cheapest option, and how that impacts food access.

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