Mission Objective: Increase the food security of at least one person in your community.
Well, this feels like a bit of cheat since (a) we already do the gardening at our house and (b) I already did all the research in my Learn2 posts, but this is what my husband and I have decided to do to increase food security for others in our community.
- We will join the Loudoun County Plant a Row for the Hungry effort this year. As we plan our 2010 garden, we will be planting extra produce so that we can share our harvest with Loudoun Interfaith Relief -- the largest food bank in our county.
- The last two autumns, my husband has shot a deer or two for our own family to eat over the winter. This coming hunting season, he will take a third deer and donate it too Hunters for the Hungry -- another local program feeding families in need.
- Finally, I will continue to do what I have done for years. Several times a year our local grocery stores offer tickets at the check out line for $1, $5 or $10. Purchasing one of these tickets is a direct contribution to the local food bank. During these campaigns, I always add whatever ticket I can afford at each grocery shopping trip for my own family.
I feel, however, that all of these efforts are of the "band-aid" variety. They will help provide food for families already experiencing food security in my community, but they will not necessarily address the root causes of that issue. They will not prevent additional families from having the same problems in the future. To be honest, I don't know what to do about that. I only know I have to continue to research and explore possibilities.
* note: links to the organizations and projects I discuss in this post can be find in my Learn2 post here.