Hungry Harvest and Civic Values

Food Justice: First thing that comes to mind is- rights and equality. Having ACCESS to healthy nutritious and also AFFORDABLE foods. Why is it so cheap and easy to find and eat fatty unhealthy foods? Fast food places are more accessible and affordable for individuals and families than fresh produce markets. This is an example of the lack of healthy food access in some communities- college campuses and students can easily fall victims to this category.

Many students reside on campus without cars or transportation to markets, while others simply can’t fit groceries into their budget.

I really took interest in the Hungry Harvest project this semester to bring fresh produce options available and affordable to campus, mainly for student, but for staff as well, creating access to fruits and vegetables convenient for many. Hungry Harvest saves a trip to the grocery store by dropping off produce right on site. They uphold to their services being more affordable than farmer’s markets, CSA’s and other produce delivery services. This project ties in much of what DeLind discusses on civic agriculture- community, local food and farming. Hungry Harvest is taking initiative to reach out and recover local produce.

When it comes to food justice there are many factors that contribute in its system, the 2 factors I find essential that this project targets are accessibility and affordability. This project is not just between Hungry Harvest (supplier) and UMBC (consumer), there is much more behind it. Nearly 40% of all food ready for harvest goes to waste. Hungry Harvest recovers the surplus and select all the freshest fruits and vegetables. To find and make use of food waste is amazing and contributes in helping our food system.

The transaction between Hungry Harvest and the consumer does not end after deliverables are made, Hungry Harvest takes initiative to give back to a families with low socioeconomic status. A donation for every bag that is purchased is made, Hungry Harvest is partnered with a network of non-profit organizations to identify recipients who will benefit the most.

I look for justice in the accessibility and affordability of fresh and healthy foods through our work in bring Hungry Harvest to UMBC this semester.

For my final project I will create an informative brochure for UMBC students and faculty. The brochure will include details on Hungry Harvest, their purpose, contact info, how to get signed up, and benefits of signing up.

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