I’ve been suffering from a touch of food insecurity.
Without a garden full of vegies or the money to buy food, I was starting to feel a bit insecure about accessing food here in town. I could, of course, go bin diving – and still may – but that would most likely involve being out at night in a car (which I don’t have) and it’s cold!
So, thanks to a tip from Emma, I contacted a local organic vegie box delivery scheme, Munch Crunch Organics, to ask if they needed help. I now have a weekly 4 hour stint out on the job, at one of their farms, in the lovely warm winter sun. I get a box of fresh, local, organic produce delivered to my door every week! How lucky am I! It feels very weird to be placing my order online though – it’s effectively shopping and I haven’t done that for a while!
I have also started volunteering at a local food rescue kitchen called Liberation Larder here in Byron. I visit the kitchen once a week for 2 1/2 hours, helping with serving and cleaning, and can access a meal and some left over bits and pieces and meet some really good people.
I’ve heard the term ‘food security’ a lot in the past, especially working in community services and in a community garden. To have secure access to good quality food is a basic right. Genuine food insecurity exists for many in our country and around the world. While the amount of food I’ve accessed here in Byron is enough for a single person like myself, it would not necessarily be a solution for a struggling single parent family or other people who regularly experience food insecurity. Just feeling a small touch of this was pretty anxiety-inducing.
I’m not sure why it is that people ever have to struggle to get enough food. I could give you a few reasons and I’m sure you will have your own theories. I just keep telling myself that I don’t think I am making things worse by doing what I am doing. I hope that by living this way there is a small effect that allows someone else to live a little easier.