Aimee S. George: Class of 2009
Sara W. Tower: Class of 2012
Center for Public Service
Today, in Adams County, we have two food systems. The 20% who live in poverty survive on food stamps, the food pantry, church donations, and trips to discount food vendors. Those with more financial stability could choose from an abundance of healthy, sustainably produced, local and international foods. We have come to accept these two food systems as the norm without critically analyzing how it is affecting individuals and the health of our communities.
In addition to reducing the disparity and closing the food gap, this initiative is focused on building our local economy and educating our community about nutrition and the benefit of local foods in order to promote a more sustainable social, environmental and economic future.
This paper begins an investigation of community food security in Adams County and makes recommendations to start the process of finding stronger community solutions. The data represented here is drawn from community discussions and programmatic statistics. It is an initial assessment to be followed up by a more comprehensive study and analysis.
This is the author's version of the work. This publication appears in Gettysburg College's institutional repository by permission of the copyright owner for personal use, not for redistribution.
Corbett, Vickie; Cooper, Rayna; Davidson, Kim; Gaskin, Kathy; Glahn, Kathy; George, Aimee S.; Hess, Audrey; Natter, Gretchen; Nemetz, Christine; Shreve, Megan; and Tower, Sara W., "Closing the Food Gap in Adams County: A Proposal for Comprehensive Solutions through Community Action" (2009). Center for Public Service Research. 2.