Giving Compass’ Take:
• The Block by Block event for building food secure communities in Florida engaged leaders in the conversation of merging food and health and recognized twelve finalists in the Wellbeing Challenge for their efforts to fight food insecurity.
• What are other states in America doing to improve their food security? What can you do in your local area?
• Here’s an article on ensuring food security through community-driven change.
On October 16th and 17th of 2019, food systems leaders across the state of Florida convened in Orlando at the Block by Block: Building Food Secure Communities in Florida event. In an effort to transform the health system, Florida Blue and GuideWell Innovation hosted the event in recognition of the importance of access to wholesome food for health and the innovative, local efforts tackling food insecurity.
GuideWell Innovation hosted a statewide Wellbeing Challenge in order to help combat food insecurity in Florida, where 17 percent of the population is affected, and bring viable solutions to the table. The Challenge began over the summer and narrowed down twelve finalists to present their food insecurity solutions at the Orlando Block by Block event, for a US$20,000 prize. Each organization gave a five-minute pitch, highlighting the work they are doing to address four focus areas: availability, access, utilization, and resilience.
Food Tank President Danielle Nierenberg opened the second day as the keynote speaker, addressing the issues and solutions to food insecurity. Bringing in a note of positivity, Nierenberg shared an epiphany of coming across hope in places that may seem hopeless, due to ongoing conflict, poverty, or natural disasters. “But these are the places that are often full of inspiration because this is where you find the people who refuse to be a victim of their circumstances, and who find ways to grow despite their challenges.”
Read the full article on food security in Florida by Lana Chehabeddine at Food Tank.
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