A food system describes all activities, processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population. This includes growing, harvesting, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management. We expect our food system to produce what we need now and for generations to come. We expect our food system to be dependable, trustworthy and accessible to all people, regardless of income. A food system's ability to sustainably serve its population depends on social, political, economic and environmental factors.
One of the consequences of our runaway, broken food system is hunger and inconsistent access to nutrtious food.
CAFB's role in addressing a runaway, broken food system
City of Austin/Travis County Sustainable Food Policy Board
Since its inception in 2009, the Capital Area Food Bank has been a member of the Sustainable Food Policy Board. The Sustainable Food Policy Board serves as an advisory body to the Austin City Council and Travis County Commissioner's Court concerning the need to improve the availability of fresh, nutritious, locally and sustainably grown food at reasonable prices for all residents, particularly those in need. Learn more.
Food Waste Awareness
Through awareness events and blogging, CAFB engages the community in discussing the paradox between hunger and food waste. Since 2007, the Food Bank has prevented more than 19.6 million pounds of food from going to the landfill or compost pile. CAFB's Central Texas Food Rescue program provides grocers and wholesalers a safe and cost-effective way to donate tons of food and help nourish hungry Central Texans.
Spotlight on Community Organizing Tools
Community Food Security Coalition
The Community Food Security Coalition catalyzes food systems that are healthy, sustainable, just, and democratic by building community voice and capacity for change. They provide services and guides to support communities in achieving food security.
Assistance to Community Food Projects Grant Applicants
Whole Measures for Community Food Systems: Values-Based Planning and Evaluation
What's Cooking in Your Food System? A Guide to Community Food Assessment
USDA Community Food Security Assessment
The USDA provides a toolkit of standardized measurement tools for assessing various aspects of community food security. Include guides for profiling general community characteristics and community food resources as well as materials for assessing household food security, food resource accessibility, food availability and affordability, and community food production resources. Data collection tools include secondary data sources, focus group guides, and a food store survey instrument.
Download the assessment tool.
Download the toolkit.