Severe economic recession and the millions using soup kitchens, food pantries, or emergency food programs. Numbers are rising as more families, middle income earners, and educated professionals seek assistance. Look at the rise in tent cities popping up, and not seen since the last great depression.
Food stamps have been expanded. USDA has promoted and supported local farms(CSA farms), urban farms/ community gardens are becoming more popular. Availability of healthy food in bodegas, traditional outlets, and green carts are helping to prevent "food deserts" in inner cities.
But food policy has held too small a place in the urban agenda. Food policy has been left to federal and state policy makers. While there has been efforts to create anti-hunger and nutrition education programs at the federal level, there has been a perpetuity of a system that subsidizes inexpensive, low quality, environmentally degrading food. The documentary"Food Fight" exposes this in a new revolutionary film.
Our cities need to better influence food policy and the food system, "food safety" net. Cities are known for an abundance of restaurants which are regulated by the Dept. of Health. Every day city schools feed more people than any other system. Thousands of people make their living in food production and service jobs. But there is no plan to ensure our cities are supported by a sustainable food system; one designed to provide economic, environmental, and health benefits for years to come.
'Food security' individuals ability to access nutritious and affordable food.
'Food justice' emphasizes the role that culture, and class discrimination has played in creating many of the
food inequities today.