Food Insecurity Challenge

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Food Insecurity - Not knowing where your next meal is coming from or if it that meal is coming at all.

1 out of 7 people are food insecure.
1 out of 5 children are food insecure.

  • In the US, enough food is produced to supply every man, woman and child with a healthy diet. Food insecurity exists despite the amount of hard work farmers are putting in to produce the food we consume.
  • Sometimes people cannot afford food or there are not systems set in place for people to have access to the food they need, such as a natural disaster occurring and destroying people's access to a healthy, adequate and constant food supply.

This is not just a response to a natural disaster, this is a response to food insecurity everywhere, all of the time.

The Challenge:

The New York State FFA Officer are asking all chapters to educate themselves about the reality of food insecurity and the role food play in feeding the state of New York. From there chapters are encouraged to educate their peers, faculty and school community about the reality of hunger issues and start collection donations for local food banks.

This is not just a can drive. We are looking to not only collect donations but to educate our communities so food insecurity and the stigma of silent hunger become things people understand based on real information and respond toward with constant action.

Your chapter can accomplish this task in 3 easy steps:

  1. 1. Have students in your chapter educate themselves on the issues of food insecurity.
  2. 2. Teach your schools about food insecurity and the role food banks play. This can be done through an assembly, video, conversation, etc.
  3. 3. Start collecting donations for your local food bank and donate in the name of the Harvest for All project to have your donations count toward the challenge.

Why collect donations for local food banks?

There is an anticipated increased need for food in food banks across New York State, especially in the weeks and months following Hurricane Sandy.


Between now and December 23rd, 2012

Where will the donations be going?

Donations made to local Food Banks are distributed to agencies that assure people in need have access to the food they need. This is particularly essential after a disaster or in times of economic hardship when more people are in need of nutritional assistance. As more people rely on Food Banks, Food Pantries or other agencies, greater quantities of food are needed all over the state to meet the need. Any donations made between now and December 23rd made in the name of the Harvest for All project will go to help credit our partner, the New York Farm Bureau, in their competition to see which State Farm Bureau network contributes the most food to their food banks throughout the year.

Why is this issue important?

This issue will help schools to create a wide dialog and understanding of hunger that may help students to understand this local, state and nationwide need. Not only will students and schools be more educated and engaged helping those suffering with food insecurity issues, but it may also help your chapter in the following areas:

  1. 1. Engage students in the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute
  2. 2. Spark agriscience projects
  3. 3. Help develop ideas for Agricultural Issues presentations.
  4. 4. Develop ideas for Prepared Public speeches.
  5. 5. Recruit students into agricultural classes that recognize the social need for careers in agriculture.

Find a Food Bank near you:

Resources to learn more about Food Insecurity:

Online Resources:

pdf Child-Hunger-Ends-Here-Teacher-Resource.pdf

Child Hunger - Understand the Problem:
 Facts about childhood hunger and the effect it has on physical, behavioral, and academic development, from the Schools Fight Hunger national sponsor ConAgra Foods Foundation.

Facts on Childhood Hunger : Data from our partners at Share Our Strength about food security, poverty, hunger, and government nutrition aid programs, along with straightforward information about the difficulties faced by children who go hungry.

End Childhood Hunger in America : Simplified list from Share Our Strength of the nutritional and academic drawbacks faced by children who are hungry.

Childhood Hunger Facts:
 Basic information about child hunger

Hunger and Poverty Facts: 
Data about poverty, food insecurity, and participation in U.S. food and nutrition assistance programs.

U.S. Hunger Facts: 
Information about poverty, hunger, and participation in food and nutrition assistance programs.

Hunger in the United States : Details and definitions about hunger and food insecurity in the United States, plus links to more pages with further information.

Food Security in the United States:
 Basic statistics and links to more information about food security in the United States, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Causes of Food Insecurity: 
Effects of hunger, food insecurity, and inadequate nutrition on children's development.

Average Rate of Food-Insecure Children Younger Than 18, 2005-07
Average Rate of Food-Insecure Children Younger Than 5, 2005-07
Straight facts about hunger, along with a chart of percentages by state.

Food Insecurity, State by State: 
Blog post from the Guardian newspaper website based in the United Kingdom, summarizing the 2008 USDA report on food insecurity, with graphs and a simplified state-by-state list of information.

Hunger Facts : Compilation of data about hunger and nutrition from a variety of sources.

The Facts About Hunger and Poverty: 
Basic statistics about hunger and poverty.

Hunger and Food Insecurity in the United States: 
A few statistics along with explanations of several federal food assistance programs, such as school breakfasts and food stamps.

Children in the States Fact Sheets : Downloadable fact sheets by state and for the entire United States, with information about child hunger, health, poverty, and other social and developmental issues.

Measuring Household Food Security: 
Explanations of U.S. Department of Agriculture terms describing various levels of food security.

Food Security in the United States: Statistics and Graphics
Graphs and charts illustrating key statistics related to food insecurity, from the USDA.