Food Insecurity

An economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.

The modern trend of 'Food Insecurity' in the United States first appeared in the 1960's with Americans' reliance on the automobile as their primary mode of transportation. This mobility allowed more people to move farther from urban hubs and into suburban neighborhoods.  Major retailers began to follow, leaving those left behind in low-income urban areas without access to fruits, vegetables and other whole foods.  These areas have now been labeled 'Food Deserts'.

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY Ranks 47th out of California's 58 counties in terms of FOOD INSECURITY

Although access to healthy food may be viewed by some as influenced by personal choice, those living in these areas without an automobile are forced to lean on government programs and nonprofit services for access to nutritious, healthy food.  Additionally, the health effects of living in food deserts and areas with high levels of food insecurity are undeniable.  Populations within these areas show increased levels of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.  The elderly and youth within these communities are especially susceptible to these risks.  Access to healthy food is not a matter of personal choice, but rather of improving public health and welfare. 

The Terrace Foundation is dedicated to finding ways to combat food insecurity in our community by:

  • Helping at-risk members of our community gain access to nutritious, healthy food

  • Helping non-profit organizations who feed at-risk members of our community to provide nutritious, healthy food; to become self-reliant; and to take control of their own food supply.

  • Creating educational programs to teach our citizens and youth about the importance of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle.

  • Partnering with local growers and nonprofits to glean fields and distribute to those in need.

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