Food Insecurity in Sacramento, first Keynote at Farm to EVERY Fork.


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Katie Valenzuela of Ubuntu Green and California Food Literacy delivered the keynote at the first evening of the three-Friday series Farm to EVERY Fork on October 4, 2013. This event was sponsored by Grace Presbyterian Church in Sacramento as part of their 30-year commitment to addressing the problems of food insecurity in Sacramento.

Ms. Valenzuela detailed the nature, scope and impact of inadequate access to healthful food.

Farm to EVERY Fork
Oct 4, 11, 18, 2013
Grace Presbyterian Church
4300 Las Cruces Way
(Arden Christian Church campus)
Sacramento, CA

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  • Food Insecurity in Sacramento, first Keynote at Farm to EVERY Fork.

    1. 1. Food Insecurity in Sacramento: A Complex Problem in Need of Creative Solutions Katie Valenzuela Ubuntu Green
    2. 2. Background • All data and graphs from “Hunger Hits Home 2012: Understanding & Combatting Hunger in Sacramento County” – Collaborative project of Community Link Capital Region, Sacramento Hunger Coalition, and Valley Vision – Funded by USDA and Sierra Health Foundation – More than 500 residents surveyed
    3. 3. What is food insecurity? Food insecurity exists when an individual or family has limited or uncertain ability to acquire nutritionally adequate and safe foods.
    4. 4. How many people are food insecure?
    5. 5. Who is food insecure? • 46% of households had children under the age of 18 living in the home • 22% of households had seniors over the age of 60 living in the home • 66% of households have someone with a chronic health condition • 33% of respondents have a disability that impairs their functioning
    6. 6. What is the impact of food insecurity? • An estimated 50,000 Sacramento County residents under-perform because of food insecurity • 38% of respondents have felt angry or depressed because of food insecurity • 1 out of 5 respondents reported getting sicker as a result of not being able to eat appropriate food • For every $1 of CalFresh not spent, our region loses out on $1.79 in local economic activity
    7. 7. What causes food insecurity? • Cost of living • Barriers to participation in assistance programs (and the inadequate amount of assistance given) • Location of food sources • Awareness and understanding within the food insecure population
    8. 8. What can we do? • Advocate for living wage and affordable housing/healthcare, among other things • Educate clients on their rights to entitlement programs, assist them in their advocacy • Make healthy food more geographically and financially accessible • Help the community learn how to incorporate healthy food into their diets
    9. 9. Ubuntu Green’s Mission Founded in 2009, Ubuntu Green is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to promoting healthy, sustainable and equitable communities through advocacy, education, community development and empowerment.
    10. 10. What is Ubuntu?
    11. 11. Home & Community Garden Program • Supported by The California Endowment and UC Davis • Participants get seed/start donations, quarterly packets, workshops, and more • Currently working on “clusters” and Video Voice projects 120 builds completed since 2010
    12. 12. Build locations
    13. 13. Green Youth Leadership Team (GSquad) • G-Squad Activities: – Maintain the Urban Garden – Learn leadership, business and gardening skills – Organize workshops and social events to get the community and other youth engaged …and anything else that will help improve the health of our community!
    14. 14. CA Food Literacy Center’s Mission To inspire change today for a healthy, sustainable tomorrow through enduring community food education. Food Literacy [fu: d lit-er-uh-see] noun: Understanding the impact of your food choices on your health, the environment, and our community.
    15. 15. Teach, Feed, Train • The California Food Literacy Center: – teaches students about food, – feeds kids new snacks so they can explore food, and – trains food literacy advocates to be deployed across the region. • Before food literacy programming, 82% of K-1st graders said healthy snacks don’t taste good. After 1 month, 92% of the kids said “yes.” • Additionally, 75% of children K-5th grade say it matters where their food comes from.
    16. 16. How Can You Help? Donate Volunteer Stay Informed
    17. 17. Katie Valenzuela Program & Communications Manager Ubuntu Green (916) 879-8416