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8 Ways to Join the Local Food Movement :: Plant a Row for the Hungry

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Plant a Row for the Hungry

As unemployment rises, more people are wondering how they will put food on the table. How can you boost food security at home …

  • Skip the so-called convenience foods; processed foods almost always cost more for what you get.

  • Form a buying club to get healthy food in bulk at discount prices.

  • Grow your own—start a community garden, or transform your lawn or parking strip (see #1 and #6).

  • Buy in season, or harvest and preserve it yourself.

  • Study (and/or teach) the art of cooking and preserving tasty, nutritious food on a budget.

… and in your community:

  • Contribute something from every shopping trip to local food banks.

  • Glean.

  • Plant a row for the hungry and donate the produce to a shelter, day care center, neighbor, or food bank.

  • Start a food bank out of a faith center or community center if there are no similar programs nearby (see www.yesmagazine.org/pantry).






Sarah van Gelder, Anne Lovejoy, Kim Nochi, and Heather Purser wrote pieces for this article as part of Food for Everyone, the Spring 2009 issue of YES! Magazine. Sarah is the Executive Editor of YES! Magazine. Photo of Sarah van Gelder
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