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Food Security is a condition related to the supply of food, and individuals' access to it. Increased Food Assistance Benefits could result in Fewer ER Visits. Food Deserts - Grocery Delivery - Markets - Food Stores - Coops - Farm to Fridge - Food Trucks - Vending Machines - Restaurants

Poverty - Feeding the Hungry

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Food Security Over 42 million Americans on Food Stamps 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.

Poor Nutrition Dangers and Warnings - Refeeding Syndrome

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".

Think Food Group

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

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

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

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

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.

Food Prices Index
Food Cost
Food Time Line
Compare Grocery Prices

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, 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

Food Deserts

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

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.

Grocery Walk DC
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.

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.

American Food Insecurity Rates 49 Million

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)

Incentives to Eat Healthy

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...

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

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.

Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative

Coops - Buyers Clubs

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.

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

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

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

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 and Info

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

Organic Food Co-op

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

Coop Directory
Health Source 

Community Shop
Farmers Coop  

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont

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

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
Evergreen Cooperatives
Community Farming

Fare and Square Non-Profit Grocery
Food Bank
Organic Gift Fruit
Daily Table

Ct. Food Alliance
Connecticut's Community Supported Agriculture

Supply Chain

Food Delivery

Farm to Fridge When you want it fresh and organic.
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

Farm to Plate (city farming)

Complete meals with Pre-Portioned ingredients and Easy to follow Recipes.
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.

Food Delivery Services

Reduce Traffic and Save Time

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.

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
Gourmet Grocery Online
Gourmet @ Home
Grocery Ships
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

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
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

Nationwide Latino Imports
Hello Fresh food delivery
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
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

Salad Vending Machine

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 Dressing Recipes
Intelligent Dispensing Solutions

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.

Use your own Food Containers for Food Shopping
Zero Waste Food Market in Denver - Indiegogo Project
The Zero Market - ZERO market (youtube)

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

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.

Farmers Markets

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.

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)

Farmers Markets Map by State in the U.S.

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)

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

Strolling of the Heifers
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

Food Print - Food Print - Food Scores

Market Types


Ideas for Improving Restaurants

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.

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
Food Waste Minimizing System (LeanPath)

Food Education

Dining Etiquette Info-Graph (image)


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

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.

Eat Slow and take some food home.

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

Take Out
Without the Trash and the Waste.
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


Restaurant Hospitality
Open a Restaurant
Promotion Ideas

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.

The Thinker Man