I was an exchange student in Austin, Tx the last semester of my master and my roomie worked for the Sustainable Food Center. After reading several posts about ways to tackle hunger I want to share what that organization does which I believe is a great thing!
Sustainable Food Center (SFC). http://www.sustainablefoodcenter.org/
From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system.
Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers,
interactive cooking cla**** and nutrition education, children and adults
have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to
improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment.
That's what the webpage says, for me: they promote people planting their own healthy food. SFC worked in Austin coordinating a network of Community Gardens, giving workshops about nutrition, organic foods and urban agriculture.
My roomie worked in the Community Gardens which were basically land donated by schools, the government or anyone else where people who lived close to the garden rented a few square foots of land to plant their own food. The garden had water and some tools that everyone could use. The rent of the land was cheap and everyone had to do 2hrs of volunteer work in the garden per month to keep it clean, make compost, fix things, etc.
As an environmentalist the idea sounded great and I was up to help my roomie with her plot; as a city boy I was not used to that, didn´t know what to do and was pretty lazy. It was a great relieve when in the last months of my semester, with my money almost out, some of the plants we got were part of my diet!!!
I was really surprised to see how easily you can get your own food. Even if you are not able to grow enough to make your own pizza, having a few greens in your dish for free gives you an awesome feeling of connection with nature, and helps you a lot in your diet!