Strengthen Food Systems

The term “food system” is used to describe all the processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population.  That includes: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consuming, and disposing of food and food-related items. It also includes the inputs needed and outputs generated at each of these steps.

A food system operates within and is influenced by social, political, economic and environmental contexts. It also requires human resources that provide labor, research and education.  Food system working groups often map the local food system to better understand what is working well (e.g. access to food) and isn’t working well (e.g. food deserts) for a given community or region.  This requires bringing dozens of local organizations from different sectors, and creates opportunities for creative collaborations to address unmet needs.


  • Support Your Local Food Systems Network
  • Collaborate to Address Unmet Needs


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