The COVID-19 pandemic and recession have led to job loss and corresponding food insecurity for many people. While laudable in effort, traditional food security efforts aimed at addressing hunger fall short, perpetuate neo-colonial food dependence, fail to reach the most high-risk individuals, and contribute to the development of chronic health problems. Products gathered at food drives are often canned and boxed goods, low in nutrients and high in additives, which leads to the development of health problems such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Likewise, traditional food pantries often lack care for dietary restrictions or cultural competence, often providing food that recipients do not know how to cook with or cannot digest. Many food banks require recipients to register with them, providing personal information. This is especially threatening to undocumented folks and to communities of color that are generally placed under higher policing, and may not want to risk providing their information.
By volunteering with SoCal Basic Needs Collective, you develop a true understanding and respect for where our food comes from and the difficulties our farmers encounter to get food on our tables. The onset of the COVID pandemic has caused widespread food insecurity, but this volunteer opportunity offers a chance to make a profound impact against this issue and ameliorate some of the suffering that the current pandemic has caused on food security within our vulnerable community members.
The COVID-19 pandemic and recession have led to job loss and corresponding food insecurity for many people. While laudable in effort, traditional food security efforts aimed at addressing hunger fall short, perpetuate neo-colonial food…
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|Farm Volunteer||Ontario, CA||December 21, 2020|