Improve Food Security and Local Food Access

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Hunger, sometimes used interchangeably with food insecurity, is a real and enduring problem in the Granite State. Recent household survey data show that a staggering 1 in 6 NH households, most of them with children, are food insecure today; meaning they lack regular access to enough food for an active, healthy life. This number is almost 2 ½ times the rate at the beginning of 2020, illustrating how the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased food insecurity in our state.  

At the same time, partners across the state are working hard to ensure that all people in New Hampshire have access to affordable, reliable, and nutritious food. We’re also coming up with innovative ways to increase access to local food, giving a needed boost to local food producers and businesses. 

Current Collaborations

NH Food Access Coalition (support role)

The NH Food Access Coalition brings together public health and food system professionals to develop and advocate for policy change to ensure food security for all in New Hampshire. The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 10-11:30am to build relationships and strategize about how to use our collective voice to influence policy change. The Coalition is coordinated by NH Hunger Solutions and supported by the NH Children’s Health Foundation.  Learn more about the NH Food Access Coalition and get involved today! 

NH Feeding NH  (support role)

The NH Food Bank, in partnership with the NH Food Alliance, NH Farm Bureau and NOFA-NH, launched NH Feeding NH, a statewide initiative designed to support the purchase of NH grown food to feed our food insecure neighbors with nutritious, locally grown produce throughout NH communities during COVID-19 and beyond. 

Network News about Local Food Access and Food Insecurity

Case Study by Local Food Marketplace
How did local food producers in the Pacific Northwest get their fruits and veggies into 151 school districts across the state of Montana? Learn More
Post via GATHER
Portsmouth Ford’s support of Gather started in 2014 with a small cardboard box in the dealership’s show room. Both employees and customers would bring... Learn More
Report via Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law and Graduate School, in collaboration with Farm to Institution New England
In the midst of budget cuts and other obstacles facing state-run prisons, food is under-prioritized. From sourcing, quality, and safety, to dining env... Learn More