This summer I’ll be working at HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects), Addison County’s locally controlled, locally funded poverty relief organization. I’d identify as being pretty aware of Addison county’s “hidden” poverty, especially through my experiences of volunteering with Charter House Coalition, a shelter for those that are food and/or home insecure. Food insecurity is a huge problem in Addison county and HOPE’s Local Food Access Program intends to support those that are marginalized in our community.
Vermonters live in food insecure households, meaning they don’t have regular access to nutritious food (11.3%)
Vermont residents have incomes qualifying them for federal nutrition assistance programs like 3SquaresVT (27%)
I love numbers and data and awesome pie charts, but as someone who’s extremely privileged, I don’t know what being food insecure looks or feels like. The above numbers are fear-evoking, but what does reliance on federal food programs look like? The average
Let’s use some moral imagination…
and compound that with being a single mom working multiple jobs caring for an infant.
Our food system is failing its people–nearly 1 in 5 Vermonters can’t
feed themselves yet so much food is lost in the field, after storage, and in the market. Salvation Farm’s food loss study found that 14.3 million pounds of wholesome vegetables and berries are lost in Vermont each year.
HOPE’s Local Food Access Program
I’ll be doing some pretty rad things this summer as HOPE’s intern.
- Gleaning – sdfsdfsdfsf
- Cooking workshops – sdfdsfs
- Preparing educational materials – sdfsdf