Food in Georgia

Many of us buy food from the store and don’t give it a second thought. But what if you can’t afford that food? And what about the impact of our food choices on our health, our lives, the economy, and the environment?

Action Needed! Ensure Food Stamps Access

Georgia cut the budget 10% across the board, for most state services. This includes eliminating 100 caseworkers who process food stamps and other essential services.

Georgia has a budget surplus and a rainy day fund.

There is no need for people to wait for vital services during a pandemic.

Write Gov Kemp and Georgia Legislators to ensure people have access to food, water, and education.

Many parts of the food cycle are in danger right now and they are all interconnected:

Farms and agriculture are struggling because of changing weather patterns and severe storms. Agriculture is $73B industry in Georgia employing 1 in 7 Georgians.

Over 13% of Georgians are food insecure. Food insecurity has been shown to put people at risk for heart disease, obesity, diabetes, etc.

Over 151 lbs of food is wasted per person per year in Georgia.

Food waste is a large contributor greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenhouse gases make the weather worse, which makes food production more unstable, which adversely effects farmers and farms, which makes food scarcer, which drives up the cost of food, which makes more people food insecure, and on and on we go in a negative spiral.

from: https://health2016.globalchange.gov/food-safety-nutrition-and-distribution
from: https://health2016.globalchange.gov/food-safety-nutrition-and-distribution

In 2021 will provide information about food, food insecurity, and evidence-based practices that can be applied to make food a positive, not negative, cycle. To provide immediate relief, that involves amplifying programs that reliability provide access to food (govt programs, food pantries, food assistance programs). For long term relief that means incentivizing affordable and sustainable food choices at all parts of the supply chain.

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Learn about Food Insecurity and Ways to Help

From government programs to supporting food banks, there are many ways you can make a difference.

Reduce Food Waste

Buy only what you need, eat your leftovers, and compost your food waste.