End Hunger Durham is the Food Access Action Circle of Durham Farm Food Network. Other Circles deal with Health, Economy, and Farming and Natural Resources.
Visit the website of the Durham Farm Food Network (DFFN) to learn more about how multiple sectors are collaborating to create a sustainable food system in Durham County.
On January 8, 2016 End Hunger Durham joined Durham Farm Food Network (DFFN) in launching a broad network with the mission to “create partnerships, develop policy, educate and advocate for improvements to the local food system to encourage healthy communities, environmental stewardship, and economic development.”
We are pleased to be a part of this network and to lead in the formation of their Food Security/Justice/Hunger Action Circle. Other Action Circles deal with Farming/Gardening/Ecology, Economy, and Health.
At the meeting 48 people were interested in the Food Security Action Circle. We met in small groups and discussed the question:
What changes would you like to see come from this Action Circle?
The following brief responses give us an idea of interests and concerns:
- Mapping (to see gaps in services)—data & research—United Way Innovation Challenge
- Food waste from DDPS—-where?
- Summer feeding sites
- Sister cities/existing models
- Livable wage, food jobs in Durham pay livable wage
- Culturally appropriate food
- Hire folks from within communities where work is happening.
- Teaching how to prepare healthy foods
- And engage Durham chefs and community members who are great chefs.
- Local food to military, hospitals, schools, prisons—What are the barriers and what can we do?
- What is policy related and what is education related?
- Local food procurement resolution goal
- Composting improvements/policies
- Assisting with folks losing food assistance
- Networking food pantries
- Support and acknowledgement of local farmers (visit farms, e.g. Hub Farm, Duke Farm.)
- What are next steps? – use of documentation
- A central forum for communication.
- A resource for volunteers (e.g. SNAP recipients)
- Need to hear the voices of the food insecure
- Get clarity on our end goal and our theories of change.
- Map the links between suppliers and organizations /distributors and consumers
- Recommendations to sellers—make food more affordable.
- Living wage
- Bring a lot of voices to table, make representatives of Durham County [aware]
- Pay attention to language to make it a welcoming space
- Accessibility, affordability of farmers’ markets (currently in Durham –white, homogenous)
- Do not impose ideas about what food access is. Listen to what people want.
- How can schools be a resource? Also other institutions, programs in touch w/ families needing food.
- Justice issue—base it in affected communities.
- Who are the hungry in Durham? [find out]
- Could talk to people at pantries about what they want.
- Have to build relationships.
- Could develop a set of questions – the pantry organizers could ask.
- Are we looking at legislation? Some things happen by law.
- Sharing our vision regarding food distribution
- Making sure people get enough food
- Face facts about farm inequality (i.e. farms being taken)
- Education about zoning, reform, legislation
- Food inequality – make community changes
- Creating a “Durham Promise” regarding everyone getting fresh food
- Creating a network of people needing food
- Making systemic changes
- Emergency food/farming needs
- Getting rid of food waste
- Advocating and educating
- Making sure everyone has at least a “Living Wage” so they can feed their own families and meet their own needs. The most humane, self-esteem/self-worth builder, and most sustainable solution