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Leveraging Community Talents and Voices to Fight Food Insecurity Workshop


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Leveraging Community Talents and Voices to Fight Food Insecurity Workshop

  2. 2. Intro Hosted by Congressional Hunger Center Hunger Fellows: • Tackle U.S. hunger and poverty at local and national levels • Bridge field experiences with policy work • Develop racial justice lens in anti-hunger and anti-poverty work • Build leadership capacity Field Placement - DC Greens Policy Placement - RESULTS Educational Fund 24th Class Emerson National Hunger Fellow “a social justice program that trains, inspires, and sustains leaders. Fellows gain field experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community based organizations across the country, and policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. ”
  3. 3. The Grocery Gap In the District of Columbia, access to fresh and healthy food is determined more by income level and race than by individual choice. Currently 1 full-service grocery store for every 8,572 residents in Ward 3 the wealthiest ward in the District, while there is 1 store for every 70,712 residents in Ward 8 the District’s poorest ward. Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the grocery gap.
  4. 4. The Grocery Gap Video: =kQeorPkPLmU
  5. 5. Impact of Food Insecurity in DC The Grocery Gap impacts: • Health Outcomes – Residents of Wards 7 and 8 have higher rates of diabetes and obesity than all other wards. • Economic Costs – Residents in food desert areas incur higher transportation costs traveling to grocery stores. Lost community investment from residents doing their shopping in neighboring Maryland and Virginia. • Racial Disparities - Wards 7 and 8 are predominantly black neighborhoods, meaning almost half of the District's black population lives in food desert areas.
  6. 6. Efforts to Address the Grocery Gap PROGRAMS Grocery delivery programs Farmers' Market Incentives Healthy Corner Store Initiatives Grocery Co-operatives Food banks LEGISLATION DC Urban Farming and Food Security Amendment Act (2015) Food Policy Council and Director Establishment Act (2014) Cottage Food Act (2013) Healthy Schools Amendment Act (2012) FEED DC Act (2010)
  7. 7. Community Advocates Launched in 2017 by DC Greens Cohort of DC residents with lived experience of food insecurity Engage in learning, community outreach, and advocacy at the local level Community Advocates receive 6 months of weekly training on local gov't, Food Policy council, DC food system, advocacy strategy, community organizing, and anti-racism. Build community power that will push for an end to food insecurity and an equitable food system in DC
  8. 8. Community Advocates Program Components Community Advocates are active in broader community •Attend/present at city council hearings, community meetings •Work with city agencies and private business to develop just food policy •Partner with DC Greens staff on advocacy projects and events •Interview with local/national media outlets on food access issues in DC •Build relationships with community members and local food justice activists
  9. 9. Influencing DC Food Policy During their time in the program, the Community Advocates successfully:  Testified in front councilmembers on the importance of supporting nutrition assistance programs  Canvassed and enlisted participants in the Grocery Walk  Helped secure government funding for food assistance programs  Engaged in community education and outreach activities (Rooting DC 2018)
  10. 10. Community Advocates' Reflections New Connections in the food activism space "[Being a Community Advocate] allowed us to broaden our horizons and it’s an experience that I will remember forever.” Long term commitments to advocacy "I feel like we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing, and let’s just keep it like I said, keep it going hard and strong.” Competence in advocacy and food policy "I’ve always been an advocate all my life but I got a textbook, not literally, but a textbook experience on how to do it, how to get it started, who to contact, what to say.” Direct engagement in local policy advocacy " do this work all year and you wonder who’s the [Grocery Walk] turnout was great."
  11. 11. Lessons Learned Advocacy is a full time job; those who stand to gain the most often face barriers to involvement The Community Advocates program exemplifies how local residents can engage meaningfully in advocacy It is also a path for bridging the information and accountability gap between elected officials and residents they serve
  12. 12. How can you enlist your community in achieving change? Bring the Community Advocates model to your campus or hometown ◦ Are there problems on campus or your home community that need solutions? ◦ What groups or individuals are interested in this issue and are willing to take up the cause? ◦ How can you contribute or harness this interest in pushing for policy changes on campus or your hometown? Power Mapping Activity!
  13. 13. How can you enlist your community in achieving change? Join Advocacy RESULTS! RESULTS is movement of passionate, committed everyday people. Together they use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty. Grassroots Advocacy Model: Influencing policy through Relationship Building and Storytelling
  14. 14. RESULTS US Poverty Campaigns 2018 What is SNAP? ◦ Commonly known as food stamps ◦ Federal program that provides food assistance to Americans with income at or below 130% of the poverty line ◦ Reauthorized through the Farm Bill every 5 years ◦ In 2017, SNAP helped over 40 million low-income Americans afford nutritious food in a given month Protecting SNAP: Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program
  15. 15. RESULTS US Poverty Campaigns 2018 In 2018, RESULTS has advocated for preventing controversial new work requirements from being implemented for SNAP recipients RESULTS volunteers have participated in: ◦ National training webinars ◦ Writing letters to the editors and published media pieces to raise awareness ◦ Making visits and calls to elected representatives to advocate for SNAPProtecting SNAP: Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program
  16. 16. Relationship Building Community organizing through RESULTS volunteer chapters and REAL Change Fellowship Working with members of Congress on both sides of aisle to advance anti-poverty policy
  17. 17. Storytelling Experts on Poverty program Media trainings “Without SNAP, I’d be on the cusp of homelessness. With SNAP, I’m on the cusp of law school.” - Asia Bijan Thompson, RESULTS Expert on Poverty
  18. 18. RESULTS International Conference! •July 14-17th | Washington, DC •Speakers include: World Bank President, Members of Congress, City Officials, Activists, Writers and more! •15+ workshops and plenaries including a session on Running for Office •Connect with peers and anti- poverty advocates from across the country •Lobby Day on Capitol Hill •Register at: •SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!
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