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Community Food Assessment

In July of 2013, we released the Oxnard Community Food Security Report, which summarizes the results of a planning project funded by the USDA/NIFA from 2011-2012. This community-based project assessed farm worker food security in the Oxnard area and recommended solutions that start with the needs, resources and input of farm workers to create a more resilient local food system.

In brief, our food assessment found that nearly four out of five Oxnard farm workers surveyed suffer from disproportionately high levels of food insecurity, meaning that at times they have to skip meals, experience hunger, or don’t have enough money to buy food. With support from and relationships with the broader community, those who lack access to food can be agents of change, laying the foundation for a food system that benefits local residents. Ventures such as community gardens and community kitchens are two starting points that the report recommends for improving pathways to food security. In order for a stronger local food system to emerge, however, greater infrastructure is needed that a food hub could provide.

Please click HERE to download a pdf of the 10 page report in English or click HERE to download the report in Spanish. This brief report was written so that the voices and input of the farm workers and other community members involved in this project would inspire and inform further action taken to strengthen our local food system*, for the benefit of all.

*A food system is defined as the network of activities involved in growing, processing, transporting, storing, distributing and eating food.

Planning meeting with the project steering committee


Jose, Katerina, Mayra and Alberta conducting part of the farm worker food assessment at the Oxnard College “Remate” swapmeet

 

Community Food Forum in La Colonia