The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force believes in the power of collaboration to leverage policy change and inspire social change to eradicate hunger throughout Idaho.
Every two years the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force convenes the bi-annual Idaho Summit on Hunger and Food Security. In 2018, over 250 people attended, representing all sectors of Idaho from various anti-hunger groups to advocates to government officials. The collaborative nature of the summit encourages real solutions to Idaho's hunger and food security concerns. The programs we implement are a direct result of the summit and the partnerships created.
As a result, the Task Force focuses work in six broad policy and program areas to address hunger and food security in Idaho.
Our Scope of Action:
Research and document hunger and its root causes
Raise public awareness of hunger and its root causes through education
Make recommendations to public and private food security programs and/or services
Provide food security related information to the Idaho Legislature
Encourage collaboration among programs that work to eliminate hunger and its root causes
Understanding Food Systems
CFS addresses a broad range of problems affecting the food system, community development, and the environment such as increasing poverty and hunger, disappearing farmland and family farms, inner city supermarket redlining, rural community disintegration, rampant suburban sprawl, and air and water pollution from unsustainable food production and distribution patterns.
A CFS approach seeks to build up a community's food resources to meet its own needs. These resources may include supermarkets, farmers' markets, gardens, transportation, community-based food processing ventures, and urban farms to name a few.
Community food security projects emphasize the need to build individuals' abilities to provide for their food needs. Community food security seeks to build upon community and individual assets, rather than focus on their deficiencies. CFS projects seek to engage community residents in all phases of project planning, implementation, and evaluation.
CFS projects typically are "interdisciplinary," crossing many boundaries and incorporating collaborations with multiple agencies.
There are many facets to hunger and to hunger relief. Among them are root causes, emergency solutions, state and federal hunger relief programs, local and community food systems, and collaboration among hunger relief partners.
What is community food security?
Community food security is a condition in which all community residents obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice.
Six Basic Principles of Community Food Security
Community food security represents a comprehensive strategy to address many of the ills affecting our society and environment due to an unsustainable and unjust food system.
Low Income Food Needs
Like the anti-hunger movement, CFS is focused on meeting the food needs of low income communities, reducing hunger and improving individual health.
A stable local agricultural base is key to a community responsive food system. Farmers need increased access to markets that pay them a decent wage for their labor, and farmland needs planning protection from suburban development. By building stronger ties between farmers and consumers, consumers gain a greater knowledge and appreciation for their food source.
See our “What Can I Do?” page for ways you can help fight hunger
For more information on Community Food Security issues and Programs visit, foodsecurity.org