Community Food Security Coalition

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The Community Food Security Coalition is a North American non-profit made up of 325 member organizations who focus on social and economic justice, the environment, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, community development, labor, anti-poverty, and anti-hunger initiatives. The coalition is dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food to all people at all times. The organization encourages a system for food sovereignty grounded in the principles of justice, democracy, and sustainability. The coalition seeks to further these goals through a comprehensive approach of policy advocacy, education and networking, and technical training. On August 6, 2012, the board announced that the organization would transfer projects to other organizations and close.[1]

CFSC works with The California Food and Justice Coalition, supports a national Farm to School and Farm to College network, and advocates for sustainable and equitable national food policies in Washington, DC. Members of the coalition are involved in a number of committees that focus on various aspects of community food security work such as food retail, food and faith, international links, and urban agriculture. The coalition supports community food projects by advocating for and providing assistance to groups receiving or applying to the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program.

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Definition Community Food Security is a sustainable food system that a community deems nutritionally viable, safe, and reliable according to self-reliance and social justice (Hamm MW, Bellows AC. Community food security and nutrition educators. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2003;35-37-43).