November 30th, 2009

Alabama has the 12th highest rate of food insecurity according to new report by the Food Research and Action Center.

And the problem is exacerbated by the state’s middling performance in getting families who are eligible for food stamps enrolled in food stamps.  According to a recent report from the USDA, Only 65 percent of Alabamians who are eligible for food assistance actually receive it.

It is easy to feel powerless in the face of a these statistics.  But we can make a difference.

That’s why Greater Birmingham Community Food Partners hosted this month’s 2009 Alabama Food Summit.   They recommend the following actions for people who are interested in improving food security in their community:

  • Visit your local Farmers Market
  • Subscribe to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
  • Ask your grocery store to stock local food
  • Donate time, food, or money to you local food banks or food rescue agencies
  • Write a letter to your Mayor, Governor, Representative or Senator showing your support of local food.
  • Talk to your child’s school about school lunches

Posted by Kristina Scott