In 2021, Random Acts introduced our Food Equity Program committing to address food equity and food insecurity concerns in the U.S. and across the globe.
What Defines Food Equity?
Food equity is the concept that all people have the right to equal access to or the ability to grow and consume healthful, affordable, and culturally significant foods. However, there are many barriers preventing individuals and families from experiencing food equity. Some of these barriers include harmful food policies, financial or health crises, unemployment, and food deserts (regions with limited access to healthful foods or grocers).
A lack of food equity can result in food insecurity, which describes a household’s inability to consistently provide enough food for everyone to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, some 13.7 million households in the U.S. alone were experiencing food insecurity in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Similarly, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reported that in 2018 over 100 million people in Europe and Central Asia were exposed to moderate or severe food insecurity. No one should ever have to wonder if they can afford to eat a nutritious meal.
How Is Random Acts Supporting Food Equity?
Addressing food equity can be difficult due to the unstable and unpredictable nature of these underlying causes, but there are ways to help! That is why Random Acts launched our Food Equity Program committing to address food equity in the U.S. and across the globe.
Our program offers a three-tier system in which eligible projects can apply for funding to support their food equity initiatives. These tiers are as follows:
- Urban Farming Operations — These are large-scale, sustainable, long-term food equity efforts typically associated with urban farming (also referred to as urban agriculture or urban gardening). Major projects of this scale will support the cultivation, processing, and distribution of food, animal husbandry, beekeeping, or aquascaping in urban areas for a long time to come.
- Community Gardens — Funding for these local food equity initiatives is available globally and typically requires only a small budget supporting a home, victory, community, school, or related garden project.
- Food Redistribution — From food pantries to backpack drives to canning lessons and giveaways, these projects are small, one-off initiatives with minimal to no budget.