Food Security


Food Security is a measure of peoples ability to access food and the availability of food that meets a persons dietary needs. Food affordability is only one factor. Food Deserts.

Grocery Delivery - Markets - Food Stores - Coops - Farm to Fridge - Food Trucks - Vending Machines - Restaurants - Packaging - Food Waste - Poverty - Feeding the Hungry

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Food Security Over 42 million Americans on Food Stamps costing $70 billion annually in February 2017, and a lot of them have jobs. January 2009, almost 32 million people received SNAP benefits. In 2012 a record 46 million Americans were on Food Stamps. An increase of 20 million more people since The Great Recession in 2007. About 45.4 million Americans, roughly one-seventh of the population, received nutrition aid last October 2016. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 41 percent of food stamp recipients live in Households where someone does earn a paycheck, the so-called "Working Poor." To be eligible for food stamps for a Family of four, the maximum income is $29,064. For a Single Person, it's $14,160. The food prices as they are now, as of 2011, a single person can feed themselves on $200.00 a month food stamps, that's if you shop smart and eat healthy. 23 million American households, 32 percent of all households who received SNAP in the previous 30 days reported they had visited a food pantry. An estimated 87.3 percent of American households were food secure throughout the entire year in 2015, meaning that they had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. But just having access does not mean people are eating healthy or eating enough. United States in 2015, an estimated 13.1 million kids live in homes with insufficient food, according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And millions of more people should be on food stamps because their low income qualifies them as in need of subsidized assistance, but they are not recorded or documented. Poverty leaves a mark on our genes. Lower socioeconomic status is associated with levels of DNA methylation (DNAm), a key epigenetic mark that has the potential to shape gene expression, at more than 2,500 sites, across more than 1,500 genes.

Increased Food Assistance Benefits could result in Fewer ER Visits.

38 Million People used SNAP in 2019 - SNAP grew by 17% from February 2020 to May 2020, three times faster than in any previous three-month period. Even before the pandemic hit, some 13.7 million households, or 10.5% of all U.S. households, experienced food insecurity at some point during 2019, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That works out to more than 35 million Americans who were either unable to acquire enough food to meet their needs, or uncertain of where their next meal might come from, last year. 19 million Americans live in food deserts. The global pandemic has the chance to double the number of people experiencing acute food insecurity in the world, from 135 million in 2019 to 265 million in 2020.

50 Million People experienced Food Insecurity in 2020. Food banks report an average 60 percent increase in need. 127.8 Million Food Boxes Invoiced as of December 14.

Some 821 million people around the world did not get enough to eat in 2017. resulting in Malnutrition, and about 151 million children under five experienced stunted growth due to malnutrition. An estimated 1.9 billion adults were overweight or obese in 2016. 41 million children under five are overweight or obese.

Poor Nutrition Dangers and Warnings - Malnutrition - Refeeding Syndrome

Stunt is to prevent someone from growing or developing properly.

Stunted Growth is a reduced growth rate in human development. It is a primary manifestation of malnutrition. Once established, stunting and its effects typically become permanent. Stunted children may never regain the height lost as a result of stunting, and most children will never gain the corresponding body weight. Stunted growth in children has the following public health impacts apart from the obvious impact of shorter stature of the person affected: Greater risk for illness and premature death. May result in delayed mental development and therefore poorer school performance and later on reduced productivity in the work force. Reduced cognitive capacity. Women of shorter stature have a greater risk for complications during child birth due to their smaller pelvis, and are at risk of delivering a baby with low birth weight. Stunted growth can even be passed on to the next generation (this is called the "intergenerational cycle of malnutrition". As of 2012 an estimated 162 million children under 5 years of age, or 25%, were stunted in 2012.

Failure to Thrive is a low weight for the child's age, or by a low rate of increase in the weight. Indicates insufficient weight gain or inappropriate weight loss. Body Burden - Years of Potential Life Lost.

Wasting Syndrome is a general state of ill health involving marked weight loss and muscle loss. Wasting syndrome is often a sign of disease, such as cancer, AIDS, heart failure, or advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Symptoms include weight loss, muscle loss, a lack of appetite, fatigue, and decreased strength. Treatment includes nutritional counseling, medications to stimulate appetite and weight gain, and treating the underlying disease. Wasting can be caused by an extremely low energy intake (e.g., caused by famine), nutrient losses due to infection, or a combination of low intake and high loss. Infections and conditions associated with wasting include tuberculosis, chronic diarrhea, AIDS, and superior mesenteric artery syndrome.

Emaciated is very thin especially from disease, hunger or cold. Cause to grow thin or weak. Grow weak and thin or waste away physically.

Hunger is defined as a condition in which a person, for a sustained period, is unable to eat sufficient food to meet basic nutritional needs. In the field of hunger relief, the term hunger is used in a sense that goes beyond the common desire for food that all humans experience.

Starving is suffering from lack of food and dieing of food deprivation. Deprive of a necessity and cause suffering. To be hungry and to go without food.

Starvation is a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period. The act of depriving of food or subjecting to famine. Starvation is a severe deficiency in caloric energy intake, below the level needed to maintain an organism's life. It is the most extreme form of malnutrition. In humans, prolonged starvation can cause permanent organ damage and eventually, death. The term inanition refers to the symptoms and effects of starvation. Starvation may also be used as a means of torture or execution. According to the World Health Organization, hunger is the single gravest threat to the world's public health. The WHO also states that malnutrition is by far the biggest contributor to child mortality, present in half of all cases. Undernutrition is a contributory factor in the death of 3.1 million children under five every year. Figures on actual starvation are difficult to come by, but according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, the less severe condition of undernourishment currently affects about 842 million people, or about one in eight (12.5%) people in the world population. The bloated stomach represents a form of malnutrition called kwashiorkor. The exact pathogenesis of kwashiorkor is not clear, as initially it was thought to relate to diets high in carbohydrates (e.g. maize) but low in protein. While many patients have low albumin, this is thought to be a consequence of the condition. Possible causes such as aflatoxin poisoning, oxidative stress, immune dysregulation and altered gut microbiota have been suggested. Treatment can help mitigate symptoms such as the pictured weight loss and muscle wasting, however prevention is of utmost importance.

Famine is a severe shortage of food resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death. Famine is a widespread scarcity of food, caused by several factors including war, inflation, crop failure, population imbalance, or government policies. This phenomenon is usually accompanied or followed by regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic, and increased mortality. Every inhabited continent in the world has experienced a period of famine throughout history. In the 19th and 20th century, it was generally Southeast and South Asia, as well as Eastern and Central Europe that suffered the most deaths from famine. The numbers dying from famine began to fall sharply from the 2000s. Some countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, continue to have extreme cases of famine. Since 2010, Africa has been the most affected continent in the world. As of 2017, the United Nations has warned over 20 million are at risk in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria (in the northern part) and Yemen. The distribution of food has been affected by conflict. Most programmes now direct their aid towards Africa.

Biofortification is the idea of breeding crops to increase their nutritional value. This can be done either through conventional selective breeding, or through genetic engineering. Biofortification differs from ordinary fortification because it focuses on making plant foods more nutritious as the plants are growing, rather than having nutrients added to the foods when they are being processed.

A Heat-Stable Microparticle Platform for Oral Micronutrient Delivery. Particularly within the developing world, micronutrient deficiencies that impair growth and contribute to disease remain leading public health concerns. Although fortification of food can help treat deficiencies, heat used during cooking and other conditions can degrade vitamins, preventing adequate absorption. Anselmo and colleagues used the polymer BMC to encapsulate micronutrients. Microparticles encapsulating 11 micronutrients showed improved stability against oxidation, heat (such as boiling water used for cooking), and other conditions, and micronutrients were absorbed by the intestine when microparticles were administered to rodents. Data from two clinical trials and experiments using human intestinal tissue demonstrate how microparticle formulations were optimized to enhance iron loading, improve bioavailability, retain stability against cooking, and allow for scale-up. This microparticle platform could help improve oral delivery of micronutrients. Today, fortified foods are everywhere: 137 countries legally require at least one food type to be fortified, according to the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, a Swiss nonprofit. Back in 2007, researchers in Canada developed micronutrient-packed "sprinkles" that could be put on top of any food. In a trial among young children in Haiti by the International Food Policy Research Institute, the sprinkles proved effective at reducing anemia. They're now widely available but have to be purchased (rather than coming premixed into foods, like the microparticles could be) and aren't designed to withstand cooking.

How we can help Hungry Kids, one text at a time: Su Kahumbu (video and text)

How a team of chefs fed Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria: José Andrés (video and text) José Andrés for president, "Make America Bake Again". How redundant and bureaucratic dysfunction for social services hinders and prevents action and decision-making.

CZN Burak is a Turkish chef and restaurateur.

Childhood Malnutrition is accompanied by Growth Stunting and immaturity of the gut microbiota. Spoon-fed paste made from chickpeas, soy, peanuts, bananas and a blend of oils and micronutrients — was shown to substantially boost microbiome health. The researchers are still working to understand the exact biochemistry that causes certain foods to have a greater impact on restoring the microbiome than others. Childhood malnutrition is a critical global health problem that affects more than 150 million children worldwide and accounts for nearly half of deaths in children under the age of 5, according to the World Health Organization.

Maternal and childhood malnutrition. Malnutrition and dietary repair. A sparse covarying unit that describes healthy and impaired human gut microbiota development.

Feeding 10 Billion People by 2050 within planetary limits may be achievable.

Food Production Could Sustain 2050 Population, but only if people are willing to make some radical changes to their diet. Those changes include a shift from most meat and dairy to plant-based food choices and also eliminating food waste.

Can we feed 11 Billion people while preventing the spread of infectious disease? Within the next 80 years, the world's population is expected to top 11 billion, creating a rise in global food demand -- and presenting an unavoidable challenge to food production and distribution.

Feeding the world without wrecking the planet is possible. A study now suggests a comprehensive solution package for feeding 10 billion people within our planet's environmental boundaries. Supplying a sufficient and healthy diet for every person whilst keeping our biosphere largely intact will require no less than a technological and socio-cultural U-turn. It includes adopting radically different ways of farming, reduction of food waste, and dietary changes. Think Food Group.

Land deals meant to improve food security may have hurt. Large-scale land acquisitions by foreign investors, intended to improve global food security, had little to no benefit, increasing crop production in some areas while simultaneously threatening local food security in others, according to researchers who studied their effects.

Current food production systems could mean far-reaching habitat loss. The global food system could drive rapid and widespread biodiversity loss if not changed, new research has found. Nearly 1,300 species are likely to lose at least a quarter of their remaining habitat, and hundreds could lose at least half. This makes them far more likely to go extinct. We need to change what we eat and how it is produced if we're going to save wildlife on a global scale. We need to alter both our diets and food production methods.

Feeding America is a hunger relief organization with a nationwide network of food banks feeding the hungry. 1 in 7 people struggle with hunger in the U.S.

World Central Kitchen is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals for people who need it most. José Andrés +1 (202) 844-6330.

Somalia 2017 (PDF)

Food Stamp Data U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees food stamps, reports that food stamp recipients scored 56.8 percent on a healthy eating index, compared with 60.3 percent for poor people who didn't get benefits and 60.2 percent for wealthier people. In other words, SNAP recipients' diets are marginally worse than everyone else's diets, which are terrible to begin with.

Incentives to Eat Healthy - Farmers Markets

Food assistance recipients spend about 10 percent of their food budget on sugary drinks, while the rest of the population spends about 7 percent on sugary drinks.

What Type of Food People Eat using Food Stamps? (Image Info-Graph)

One Of America's Biggest Food Banks Just Cut Junk Food By 84 Percent In A Year

Struggling Farmers Turn Excess Milk Into Cheese And Yogurt For The Hungry. Pennsylvania lost 120 dairy farms in 2016. In that same year, dairy farmers across the country dumped 43 million gallons of excess milk. Food Waste.

H.R.1567 - Global Food Security Act of 2016. This bill requires the President to develop and implement a Global Food Security Strategy to promote global food security, resilience, and nutrition. Accelerate inclusive, agricultural-led economic growth that reduces global poverty, hunger, and malnutrition; increase the productivity, incomes, and livelihoods of small-scale producers; build resilience to food shocks among vulnerable populations and households while reducing reliance upon emergency food assistance; create an environment for agricultural growth and investment; improve the nutritional status of women and children; align with and leverage U.S. strategies and investments in trade, economic growth, science and technology, agricultural research and extension, maternal and child health, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene; strengthen partnerships between U.S. and foreign universities that build agricultural capacity; and ensure the effective use of taxpayer dollars in achieving these objectives.

There is More than Enough Food Produced in the World to Feed Everyone, yet 815 million people go hungry," the report said. In addition to a rise in chronic hunger, the number of undernourished human beings increased to an estimated 815 million in 2016 from 777 million in 2015, the UN report said.

Food Security Monitoring System tracks changes in people's food security situations. Aims to alert the humanitarian community when a situation deteriorates and to ensure that assistance can be provided in a timely and appropriate way. FSMS collects information on individual households' food consumption, their output, and the strategies they develop to cope with difficult situations. It also monitors market prices and rainfall patterns. FSMS can trigger an Emergency Food Security Assessment, when the deterioration of a situation is detected. WFP leads or facilitates around 20 Food Security Monitoring Systems in areas most at risk of vulnerability, in support of governments' early warning and disaster risk management strategies. Relevance Today.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides food-purchasing assistance for low- and no-income people living in the United States.

Food and Nutrition Service is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The FNS is the federal agency responsible for administering the nation’s domestic nutrition assistance programs. The service helps to address the issue of hunger in the United States.

Famine is a widespread scarcity of food, caused by several factors including crop failure, population imbalance, or government policies. This phenomenon is usually accompanied or followed by regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic, and increased mortality. Nearly every continent in the world has experienced a period of famine throughout history. Some countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, continue to have extreme cases of famine. It remains to be the most affected area in the world. And due to climate change, the conditions only fluctuate more and more. Predicting the seasons, as well as when to expect rain to help plant more crops seems to be a challenge. Most programmes direct their aid, and most increased efforts towards this continent.

Global stocks of corn, wheat, rice and soybeans combined will hit a record 671.1 million tonnes going into the next harvest - the third straight year of historically high surplus, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That's enough to cover demand from China for about a year.

NASA-Inspired Technique Boosts Wheat Production Threefold. Speed breeding techniques in specially modified glasshouses we can grow six generations of wheat, chickpea and barley plants, and four generations of canola plants in a single year. The use of supplemental lighting in a glasshouse environment allows rapid generation cycling through single seed descent (SSD) and potential for adaptation to larger-scale crop improvement programs. DS Faraday is a high protein, milling wheat with tolerance to pre-harvest sprouting.

National Geographic Dharmasthala Mahakitchen India's Mega Kitchen feeds 50,000 people a day.

Report reveals a big dependence on freshwater fish for global food security

Healthy Food Incentive Programs - Farmers Market Incentive Provider - Market Match

An estimated 7.9 million kids in the U.S. live in "food-insecure" households - Food Assistance Programs

Food Prices Index - Food Cost - Compare Grocery Prices

Subsistence

There's no such thing as a Free Lunch is a popular adage communicating the idea that it is impossible to get something for nothing. The "free lunch" in the saying refers to the nineteenth-century practice in American bars of offering a "free lunch" in order to entice drinking customers.

The danger is that social services can end your food stamps anytime without just cause, so please be aware because these attacks on the poor are a Sad Reality.(youtube).

Food Insecurity is affecting 50 million people or 1 in every 6 Americans.

When parents use to say to kids in the 1960's, "Eat all your food because kids are starving in Africa". Even though parents didn't have a clue what that meant, what they should have been saying was, "Don't waste food, be grateful for what you have, and when you grow up, you can learn how to become intelligent so that you can find ways to help feed people all over the world so they don't starve to death because of the ignorance of governments and from the ignorance of people in power."

Institute for Global Food Security

INTERNATIONAL FORUM on FOOD and NUTRITION. The impact of food systems and nutrition patterns on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sustainable Food Policy Alliance - Food Sustainability Index.

Fed is to provide as food Give food to. Support or promote. Serve as food for; be the food for. Take in food. Gratify
Increase or justify; supply with a source of material.

World Food Programme is the food assistance branch of the United Nations and the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security. According to the WFP, it provides food assistance to an average of 80 million people in 75 countries each year. From its headquarters in Rome and more than 80 country offices around the world, the WFP works to help people who are unable to produce or obtain enough food for themselves and their families. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group and part of its Executive Committee.

Great Leap Forward was the second five year plan of the People's Republic of China that was an economic and social campaign by the Communist Party of China from 1958 to 1962. Chairman Mao Zedong launched the campaign to reconstruct the country from an agrarian economy into a communist society through the formation of people's communes. The planned caused between 18 Million and 45 Million People to Die from Starvation.



Food Deserts


American Food Insecurity Rates 49 Million Food Deserts are defined as urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options. The lack of access contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Food Desert is when food is difficult to obtain due to availability, affordability, distance, or number of procurement points – typically operationalized as supermarkets – in a given area, urban or rural.

Price Gouging is another type of Food desert because people can't afford to buy food because it's too expensive.

Food Deserts - Food Deserts (PDF)

Characteristics and Influential Factors of Food Deserts

How Urban Agriculture is transforming Detroit - Devita Davison at TED2017 (video and text)

Edible Landscapes - Feeding the Hungry

Grocery Walk DC - Food Time Line

DC Greens food education. food access. food policy.

39.4 million Americans continue to live in communities where it is far easier for most residents to buy grape soda instead of a handful of grapes. And the ones who do have access are not educated enough to understand healthy choices. The Food Trust.

2.3 million people in the United States live more than a mile away from a supermarket and don't have reliable vehicle access, according to a 2009 U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

SNAP Participants will be able to select and pay for their groceries online. - Food Delivery.

Food Access Research Atlas

Distributive Justice concerns the nature of a socially just allocation of goods in a society. A society in which incidental inequalities in outcome do not arise would be considered a society guided by the principles of distributive justice. The concept includes the available quantities of goods, the process by which goods are to be distributed, and the resulting allocation of the goods to the members of the society.

I'm not worried so much about the interruptions of services and supplies, I'm just disappointed in the missed opportunity to educate people about food and nutrition. If you are going to help the hungry you should give them incentives to eat healthy and at the same time educate them about the ways they can make their situation better. Dependency and Assistance are two different things with two different results. Humanitarian Assistance should not be Enabling People in the Negative Sense. Assistance needs to include the necessary Information and Knowledge so that people can become Self-Reliant and better prepared to face Hardships.

Learn to Grow your own Food

Wasted Food

We're catching 80-90 million metric tons of wild fish per year

Fish Hatchery is a "place for artificial breeding, hatching and rearing through the early life stages of animals, finfish and shellfish in particular". Hatcheries produce larval and juvenile fish (and shellfish and crustaceans) primarily to support the aquaculture industry where they are transferred to on-growing systems i.e. fish farms to reach harvest size. Some species that are commonly raised in hatcheries include Pacific oysters, shrimp, Indian prawns, salmon, tilapia and scallops. The value of global aquaculture production is estimated to be $98.4 billion in 2008 with China significantly dominating the market, however the value of aquaculture hatchery and nursery production has yet to be estimated. Additional hatchery production for small-scale domestic uses, which is particularly prevalent in South-East Asia or for conservation programmes, has also yet to be quantified.

Ocean Protection (abuses and waste)

Hatchery is a facility where eggs are hatched under artificial conditions, especially those of fish or poultry. It may be used for ex-situ conservation purposes, i.e. to breed rare or endangered species under controlled conditions; alternatively, it may be for economic reasons (i.e. to enhance food supplies or fishery resources).

Another problem with Food Stamps is the Allowance. So the price of food and your diet preference will dictate how much food you get, which is totally wrong.


Match Incentive - Incentives to Eat Healthy


This is one idea how it should be......Once everyone understands what foods are needed for Optimum Health and Energy, which is based on their personal physical and mental needs from either a physical examination, blood testing, or just from their experience that correctly identifies what foods are good for them. Then those common food items should be massed produced to lower the price and also to lower the waste of time, people and resources. Those massed produced items will be made organically and without waste, abuse or environmental damaging practices. (Awareness of Choice) - Incentivizing.

Farmers Market Incentive Provider
Market Match
Double up Food Bucks
Fair Food Network
Double Value Coupon Program
USDA Announces up to $31 Million to Empower People to Make Healthy Eating Choices
USDA Awards $31 Million in Grants to Help SNAP Participants Afford Healthy Foods
Incentives to encourage people to Learn and become more knowledgeable
What food types People buy using Food Stamps (image chart) - PDF
Comparison of what food people buy who are not on Food Stamps (image chart)

Do Healthier Foods and Diet Patterns Cost More than Less Healthy Options? No!. There is a big difference between price and cost, the price is higher for healthy food but the cost of healthy food is a lot less non healthy food.

Advocacy Group Pushes For Changes In U.S. Food Assistance Program

Nudging is a sales tactic that tries to make food look more appealing and easy to reach — encourages people to buy something. (knowledge and information should also be appealing and easy to reach).

Farmers Markets Locations
Market Types

The USDA also announced $52 million in grants to support organic farming and local and regional.

"Food Hubs."

Health Bucks Program

SNAP benefits are accepted at about 46 of the approximately 125 farmers’ markets in Connecticut, including locations in Bridgeport, Danbury and Seymour. Some markets will even double the face value of SNAP benefits.

Breads, Grains, veggies, Fruits, Herbs, Spices, Seeds, Nuts, Tea, Coffee, Cocoa, to name a few...


Subsidies


Why does our government give subsidies to foods that are unhealthy while giving no subsidies to food growers that produce healthier foods? (Corruption).

Overhaul Farm Subsidies

Agricultural Subsidy is a governmental subsidy paid to farmers and agribusinesses to supplement their income, manage the supply of agricultural commodities, and influence the cost and supply of such commodities. Examples of such commodities include: wheat, feed grains (grain used as fodder, such as maize or corn, sorghum, barley, and oats), cotton, milk, rice, peanuts, sugar, tobacco, oilseeds such as soybeans, and meat products such as beef, pork, and lamb and mutton.

Absurd Farm Subsidies
Our Government incentivizes Overproduction of Junk food
Agriculture Subsidies Increase Obesity
Farm Subsidies and Obesity Connection
Should the Government Tax Unhealthy Food and Subsidize Healthy Food? YES!
Processed Food Dangers
Community Health Care and Education Provided in Grocery Stores

Incentives

Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative

Supermarket Guru.com offers thorough food ratings, analyzes trends in food marketing and retail, and features health advice, unique recipes, nutrition analysis, allergy alerts and many other resources to help consumers understand their food, health, lifestyle and shopping options.

Uplift Solutions national nonprofit organization that supports food businesses.


Coops - Buyers Clubs


Co-Op is a jointly owned commercial enterprise that is usually organized by farmers or consumers that produces and distributes goods and services and is run for the benefit of its owners. Supply Chain.

Cooperative is an autonomous association of people united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled business. Collaboration Tools.

Buyers Club is a club organized to pool members' collective buying power, enabling them to make purchases at lower prices than are generally available, or purchase goods that might otherwise be difficult to obtain.

Club is an association of two or more people united by a common interest or goal.

Subscription Business Model is a business model where a customer must pay a subscription price to have access to the product or service. The model was pioneered by magazines and newspapers, but is now used by many businesses and websites.

Subscription is a pledged contribution or a regular payment that is made in order to be given a continuing access to a service. A payment for consecutive issues of a newspaper or magazine for a given period of time.

Membership is being a member of a body of members of an organization or group. Working Together.

Member is one of the persons who compose a social group, especially individuals who have joined and participate in a group organization.

Food Banks is an organization that distributes food to those who have difficulty purchasing enough food to avoid hunger.

Organic Food Co-Op - Coop Directory - Farmers Coop - Community Garden

Kibbutz is a collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture.

Health Source - Community Shop - Community Farming

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives - Evergreen Cooperatives

Fare and Square Non-Profit Grocery

Food Bank - Organic Gift Fruit - Daily Table

Ct. Food Alliance - Connecticut's Community Supported Agriculture

Agricultural Cooperative is a cooperative where farmers pool their resources in certain areas of activity.

 

Farm to Fridge - Direct from the Manufacturer to the Buyer


Farm to Fridge - When you want it fresh and organic. Farm to Plate (city farming).

Farmers To You provides fresh sustainably grown product, meat, and grains to Boston area residents who are seeking locally grown, organic food.

Selling Directly to Consumers and cut out the middle men who make more money than the producers and manufacturers when compared to wholesalers. For decades, wholesalers made up an entire industry by serving as the middlemen between manufacturers and consumers. They would purchase items in bulk from the makers at a set price, then sell it to consumers at a higher rate, often doubling or tripling their output. Distributors buy the product directly from manufacturer and then warehouses the product. Distributor is a business, firm or individual that buys noncompeting products or product lines, warehouses them, and then resells them to retailers or direct to the end users or customers. Manufacturers produce products and retailers sell them to end users. (Factory Outlet - Retail Partner).


Food Delivery Services - Reduce Traffic, Save Time and Resources


Dabbawala is a person in India, most commonly in Mumbai, who is part of a delivery system that collects hot food in lunch boxes from the residences of workers in the late morning, delivers the lunches to the workplace, predominantly using bicycles and the railway trains, and returns the empty boxes to the worker's residence that afternoon. They are also used by meal suppliers in Mumbai, where they ferry ready, cooked meals from central kitchens to the customers and back.

Complete Meals with Pre-Portioned ingredients and Easy to follow Recipes Delivered.
Blue Apron
Fresh City Farming Farm fresh local + organic food delivered right to your door.
Boxed Delivery
Whole Share Delivery
Home Chef Fresh Ingredients. Simple Recipes. Convenient Deliveries.

Local Organic Food Distributers
Local Organic Produce Delivery
Deliver Locally Grown Food
Farm Fresh
Door to Door Organics
Farm Fresh to You
Boston Organics
Local Harvest
Camps Road Farm
Fresh from Amazon (west coast)
Move Butter

United Natural Foods is a distributor of natural and organic foods, specialty foods, and related products in the United States and Canada. The company distributes to grocery and natural food stores and is the primary distributor to Whole Foods Market. UNFI offers dry, refrigerated and frozen groceries, personal care products, supplements, fresh produce, perishables, and non-food items such as household cleaning products. It made the Fortune 500 list in 2016.

Groceries Delivered
Your Grocer USA
The Internet Grocer USA
AUL Super Store USA
Netgrocer USA
My Brands USA
Groceries & Gourmet Food Delivery (amazon)
The Vermont Country Store
Peapod - MA, NY, CT, RI, DC, VA, MD, WI, IL.
Portuguese Food
Ocado Group Online Grocery
Buyers Clubs - Coops
Organic
Gourmet Grocery Online
Gourmet @ Home
Grocery Ships
Kalustyan's 
Safeway - AZ, CA, MD, OR, VA, WA & D.C.
Fresh Direct NYC
Simon Delivers - MN
Polana - Polish
Greek Shops
Titan Foods
Food Trucks
Hometown Favorites USA
Taylor's Market USA
InstaCart

Possessed Food Dangers

Smartphones to Order Food
For people to make Group Orders, take advantage of Surpluses, Sales and Harvests.
Grocery IQ
Grocery Gadgets
Skin Deep
Grocery Pal
Farm Stand App
Fooducate
Good Guide
Shop Well
Avoid Genetically Modified Ingredients

Have someone shop for you
Local Harvest
Bristol Farms Ca
Dorothy Lane Market Ohio
Wegman's Upstate NY
Amigofoods

Nationwide Latino Imports
MexGrocer
Hello Fresh food delivery
Nutrition
Food Stamps

Transportation Options

Photos of what People Eat around the World - School Lunches in other Countries.


Food Trucks


inside a Food Truck Store Blenders and Bowls
Green Truck on the Go
Cinnamon Snail
Clover Food Lab
Holaarepa
G Monkey Mobile
Good Food Truck ATL
Green Pirate
Happy Belly Truck
Bon Me Truck
Marination Mobile
Meals on Wheels
Kogi bbq
The Grilled Cheese Truck
Rollin' n Bowlin' Food Truck: Superfood Bowls
Zume Pizza Bakes En Route (youtube)
Delivery (farm to fridge)

Don't Be So Plastic, or Styrofoamy.
Edible Bowls and Utensils
Mass produced Edible Cutlery
6 easy edible bowls you can make home
Environment Friendly Packaging Materials

A food truck that is also a Wi-Fi hot spot. Has a large LED computer touch screen outside the truck that shows the menu, ingredients of food, and what farms the food and ingredients come from. The outside computer touch screen can also use to search for all kinds of information because it's connected to the internet. The truck will be powered by solar, wind and biofuel. So the truck can also be used to help charge electronics during power outages, and help deliver food and water in emergencies.

Metro Market is a Transformed City Bus into a Mobile Farmers Market Grocery Store on Wheels.

Food Truck Festivals

Home cooked meals from your neighbors. Josephine connects you to friends and neighbors making home cooked meals. Join our community, order online, and pick your food up directly from loving cooks near you.

Cargo Bike System (Food Bike)
Food Trikes and Scooters
Worlds Greenest Cafe, The Weelys Green Warrior
Wheelys 24/7 Moby Mart
Meals By Mail: Which Meal Kit Delivery Service Is Right for You?
Meal Kits
Blue Apron

Meals Ready to Eat - MRE - Prepd Pack - The Lunchbox Reimagined


Vending Machines


Vending Machine is a machine that dispenses items such as snacks, beverages, alcohol, cigarettes, lottery tickets to customers automatically, after the customer inserts currency or credit into the machine. The first modern vending machines were developed in England in the early 19th century and dispensed postcards. Salad Vending Machine.

Salad Dressing Recipes - Intelligent Dispensing Solutions

Takeout - Grocery Food Delivery - Coops and Group Buying


Food Stores of the Future


Grow food on premises, Fresh grinds, Fresh squeezed, Fresh picked, Fresh prepared, Made to order, Delivered, People bring their own bags and food containers, every product will have time stamp, it's origin, a QR code for complete information and the full cost of the product from seed to mouth. No food will go to waste.

Fare and Square fresh healthy foods. - Reusable Food Containers.

Bodega is a small Hispanic shop selling wine and groceries.

Grocery Store is a store primarily engaged in retailing a general range of food products, which may be fresh or packaged. In everyday U.S. usage, however, "grocery store" is a synonym for supermarket, and is not used to refer to other types of stores that sell groceries. In the U.K., shops that sell food are distinguished as grocers or grocery shops, though in everyday use, people usually use either the term "supermarket" or, for a smaller type of store that sells groceries, a "corner shop" or "convenience shop".

Supermarket is a self-service shop offering a wide variety of food, beverages and household products, organized into sections. It is larger and has a wider selection than earlier grocery stores, but is smaller and more limited in the range of merchandise than a hypermarket or big-box market. In everyday U.S. usage, however, "grocery store" is a synonym for supermarket, and is not used to refer to other types of stores that sell groceries.

Convenience Store is a small retail business that stocks a range of everyday items such as coffee, groceries, snack foods, confectionery, soft drinks, tobacco products, over-the-counter drugs, toiletries, newspapers, and magazines. In some jurisdictions, convenience stores are licensed to sell alcohol, although many such jurisdictions limit such beverages to those with relatively low alcoholic content such as beer and wine. Such stores may also offer money order and wire transfer services, along with the use of a fax machine or photocopier for a small per-copy cost. Some also offer to sell tickets or recharge a smart card, like the OPUS card in Montreal. They differ from general stores and village shops in that they are not in a rural location and are used as a convenient supplement to larger stores. A convenience store may be part of a gas/petrol station, so customers can purchase goods conveniently while filling their vehicle with fuel. It may be located alongside a busy road, in an urban area, near a railway or railroad station, or at another transport hub. In some countries, convenience stores have long shopping hours, and some remain open 24 hours. Convenience stores usually charge significantly higher prices than conventional grocery stores or supermarkets, as these stores order smaller quantities of inventory at higher per-unit prices from wholesalers. However, convenience stores make up for this loss by having longer open hours, serving more locations, and having shorter cashier lines.


Farmers Markets


Farmers Markets Map by State in the U.S. Farmers Markets are convenient, but farms should have a regular customer base. Farms need electronic means like a website, emails or a phone, to notify regular buyers. Farms could have a once week delivery from farm to fridge. So farms should have a way for buyers to sign up. Farms need marketing and social networking. Farms could also send their customers a menu of this years harvest. Farms could also offer exchange work for food programs. A farm could also be a school. Market Types.

Warning: Farmers Market Lies Exposed: Hidden Camera Investigation (Marketplace) (youtube). Is the produce you're buying at the farmers market grown locally? Most are just resellers who are unregulated. "And too many grocery stores also commit fraud and price gouging. Basically the whole food chain has problems that we need to solve". Sensors.

Trade (fair)

Vermont is the most locavore-friendly state in the country that makes it easiest to eat locally grown food
1. Vermont (1)
2. Maine (2)
3. Oregon (4)
4. Montana (7)
5. New Hampshire (3)
6. Hawaii (8)
7. Massachusetts (5)
8. Wisconsin (6)
9. Rhode Island (9)
10. District of Columbia (18)

Strolling of the Heifers
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

Food Print - Food Print - Food Scores

Locavores aims to connect food producers and food consumers in the same geographic region, in order to develop more self-reliant and resilient food networks; improve local economies; or to have an impact on the health, environment, community, or society of a particular place. Locavore Index.



Restaurants - Ideas for Improving Restaurants


Restaurant is a business that prepares and serves food and drinks to customers. Meals are generally served and eaten on the premises, but many restaurants also offer take-out and food delivery services. Restaurants vary greatly in appearance and offerings, including a wide variety of cuisines and service models ranging from inexpensive fast food restaurants and cafeterias, to mid-priced family restaurants, to high-priced luxury establishments. In Western countries, most mid-to high-range restaurants serve alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine. Some restaurants serve all the major meals, such as breakfast, lunch, and dinner (e.g., major fast food chains, diners, hotel restaurants, and airport restaurants). Other restaurants may serve only a single meal (for example, a pancake house may only serve breakfast) or they may serve two meals (e.g., lunch and dinner).

On Request but not on the Menu...List Calories, Ingredients and Nutritional information for conscience eaters and for people who are on Calorie Restrictive Diets. Some menus just have a healthy heart symbol for low fat.

Tell your patrons that you use only MSC Certified Sustainable Seafood. Ocean Protection.

Farm to Table Restaurants - Blue Hill Farm - Market Place

Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine. Local and fresh food from Villageside Farm.

Chez Panisse is a Berkeley, California restaurant, known as one of the inspirations for the style of cooking known as California cuisine. Restaurateur, author, and food activist Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse in 1971 with film producer Paul Aratow, then professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley. The restaurant focuses on ingredients rather than technique, and has developed a supply network of direct relationships with local farmers, ranchers, and dairies.

Vedge Restaurant is a modern plant based dining experience using seasonal vegetables since 2011.

Have a section on the Menu for Organic Locally Grown Food.
Tell your patrons that you use foods that are produce using Sustainable Farming Methods.
Tell your patrons that you use no GMO food ingredients. (Genetically Modified Food).
Join the No GMO Project and get certified. Note: This is not to say that GMO is all bad, this is just saying that people have the right to know, and also, people have the right to be part of the decisions that may effect their lives and their health.
Tell your patrons that you use no foods from Factory Farms.
Tell your patrons that you use foods from farms that treat Farm Workers with respect.
Tell your patrons that you use foods that use Fair Trade Practices. Rewards (pdf)

Have a Food Donation Program: Restaurants throw out roughly 1.5 million tons of perfectly good food.
Food Wasted - Grub Hub - Plated - Food Waste Minimizing System (LeanPath)

Food Education

Dining Etiquette Info-Graph (image)

Delivery (farm to fridge)

Michelin Guide is the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guide.

Eat Slow and take some food home.

The Story of HK Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle: (video of the world's first Michelin starred hawker stall).
Dai pai dong is cooked-food stalls is a type of open-air food stall in Hong Kong.



Reusable Containers without the Trash and the Waste - Take Out


Make sure take out orders are in a recyclable biodegradable boxes, or even better, encourage patrons to bring Reusable Containers to bring food home, just like when you bring your own grocery bag to the Supermarket.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) - Bring Your Own Container (BYOC)

How One Chicago Restaurant Went Totally Trash-Free (youtube)

Sandwich Me In Chicago

Reusable Containers
Reusable Food to Go Containers
Eco Take Outs
Takeout Without
Reusable Takeout Containers
Eliminate Food Takeout Containers Reduce Waste
Reuse it
Spoon Rocket
Japanese Bento Box

Packaging material made from seaweed and plants. It biodegrades in weeks, naturally.

Dabbawala (food delivery in reusable containers)

Restaurant Hospitality
Open a Restaurant
Promotion Ideas
RA

One Night Kachka How a Restaurant Operates.

Ren Redzepi is a Danish chef and co-owner of the two-Michelin star restaurant Noma in the Christianshavn neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark. His restaurant was voted the best restaurant in the world in 2010 San Pellegrino Awards, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Redzepi is noted for his work for the reinvention and refinement of a new Nordic cuisine and food that is characterized by inventiveness and clean flavours.

Restaurants are mostly unhealthy because they are more interested in money instead of peoples health, which is just another example why money education is important, and why our corrupted system needs to be fixed and improved, because this ignorance is killing us.


Use your own Food Containers for Food Shopping


Zero Waste Food Market in Denver - Indiegogo Project

The Zero Market - ZERO market (youtube) - Sustainable

Clean Bin Project
Reusable Grocery Bags
Be Unpackaged - Take Out
Klean kanteen Food Canisters

Loop Store. Shop products from trusted brands, delivered to you in upgraded reusable packaging. We Pick Up. No need to trash, recycle, or clean - simply place your used products back into the Loop Tote and schedule a free pick up from your home. We Refill. Loop hygienically cleans and replenishes what you returned, so you never run out of your favorite products.

The Wally Shop - package-free groceries.

Automated Checkout - Standard Cognition AI-powered Checkout.

Every Table customers walk in and grab a to-go container of pre-made, healthful meals prepared by chefs who've previously worked in some of the finest restaurants in LA and New York. They can heat up the meals in microwaves at the restaurant, or take them home. And everything is priced affordably — though the price changes, depending on the neighborhood. The goal is to make nutritious food more available to everyone. When customers return reusable containers they get a discount on the next meal.



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