SUSTAINABLE HUNGER INITIATIVE
Our COVID-19 Response & How You Can Help
Founded in 2017, the Sustainable Hunger Initiative aims to address the intersectionality of poverty, hunger, poor nutrition, and health outcomes such as diabetes through nutrition education, community outreach, and providing access to healthy foods for families.
cabbage grown at Greenville Community Garden (photo courtesy of Abigail Yoon)
What is Food Insecurity?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food security as having "access by all people at all times to enough food for a healthy, active life." According to the USDA, over 50.1 million individuals in 2011 were food-insecure.
Despite the growing abundance of food, the number of food-insecure households continues to rise, as well as the prevalence of food deserts: areas lacking access to healthy, nutritious foods.
prevalence of food-deserts in America (source: USDA)
Dietary habits and nutrition play a critical role in preventing food insecurity, hunger, and the health effects associated with the issues.
Recognizing this, we lead nutrition education through our Greenville Community Garden Project and Fitness and Nutrition (FAN) Program.
Increasing Access to Healthy, Nutritious Foods
With families in increasing need of diverse, nutritious food to sustain their health, we lead a year-round, continuous effort in providing free, healthy food supplies to families. Our hope is to deconstruct the socioeconomic, geographic, and mental barriers between low-income families and access to healthy food.
Community Involvement and Outreach
Much of our impact is a result of our community's support and efforts. We recognize that involving more community members in our cause inspires more needed action and increases awareness on food insecurity and hunger.