Basic Food Security Principles

Community food security is a comprehensive framework for developing strategies to address many of the ills affecting our society and environment due to an unsustainable and unjust food system. Following are six basic principles of community food security from the Community Food Security Coalition:
  • Focus on meeting the food needs of low income communities, reducing hunger and improving individual health.
  • Address a broad range of food-related problems affecting health, agriculture, community development, and the environment.
  • View a stable local agricultural base as key to a community-responsive food system.
  • Build up communities’ food resources and assets to meet their own needs.
  • Emphasize the need to build individuals’ abilities to provide for their own food needs.
  • Create “inter-disciplinary” projects that cross boundaries and incorporate collaborations with multiple agencies.