According to preliminary research by Jessica Crum, a WVU Agricultural Economics graduate student, very few WV farmers markets are currently connected to service agencies helping the hungry in their communities. Improving and encouraging these connections is important to community food security.
Community food security can be defined as “a condition in which all community residents obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet [in a manner] that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice.”
At the AFP Search Conference in March 2012, nutritionists, producers, academics, extension agents, community organizers, and emergency food providers engaged in a discussion about the importance of our work, and the idea of “food security” in our regional context. To guide the conversation, we used the Whole Measures for Community Food Systems as a basis for establishing shared values, vision, and understanding around community food security.