What is Food Justice?

Courtesy of The Art Effect, Community Foundations, and Forge Media for the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

Some Local Data

Food insecurity is present throughout Ulster County. Approximately three in every twenty Ulster County Residents, and one in five children are not meeting their nutritional needs1. 23% of households in New Paltz are living in poverty and are experiencing an unmet need for food assistance, they are not receiving SNAP benefits. Food insecurity also exists on the SUNY New Paltz campus; it is believed that 50% of off-campus New Paltz college students could be going hungry.

“Food Justice is communities exercising their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food. Healthy food is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate, and grown locally with care for the well-being of the land, workers, and animals. People practicing food justice leads to a strong local food system, self-reliant communities, and a healthy environment.” Just Food

“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

“People are considered food insecure when, during a year, they are uncertain of having, or are unable to acquire, enough food to meet the needs of all their family members due to lack of money” or access to food.” United States Department of Agriculture

At Phillies Bridge Farm Project, our mission is to ensure that everyone has access to nutritious and quality food; we strive for a more just local food system. Please support our Farms to Families program.