Food Justice for Low-Income Families

Food is one of the things that has the ability to unite so many different people and cultures, but not all people get the same experience due to lack of resources and education. Food is meant to sustain and give the nutrients needed for one to survive, but it seems that food has turned into a health risk for some. Let’s speak specifically about people who live in areas that are low-income neighborhoods. This is an issue because people in these neighborhoods do not always get the proper education about nutrition to make the correct choices when it comes to eating.

In the article, Food justice, Food Security, and Food Sovereignty, Giménez discusses the issues when it comes to the food crisis and talks about some of the ways to prevent this from happening, such as the Food Movement Matrix. “The Food Regime—Food Movement Matrix helps describe the dominant trend in the food system according to the politics, production models, tendencies, issues and approaches to the food crisis:” (Giménez 2010).   This movement consists of a great deal; of organizations who all have the same mission, which is to change the food crisis that is going on. Life would be much easier if there was an application that could be dedicated to food justice to help with this wonderful mission. “Despite much popular interest in food issues, there remains a lack of social justice in the American agrifood system, as evidenced by prevalent hunger and obesity in low-income populations and exploitation of farmworkers.” (Allen 2008). This is true and she also mentions how Americans have always cared about food justice, even in the end-times of slavery. More recently, there was the anti-hunger group who developed in the 1960s. This shows that food justice issues have existed for quite some time and this is why it’s great to build a social justice application that correlates to this ongoing issue.

The application that would be created would be one that is geared towards neighborhoods of low-income families. These families will be educated about food markets and the nutritional value of the foods that they choose to buy and consume. The goal is to created a location-aware app that tracks the nearest markets/stores on mobile devices such as tablets, iPhones, etc.   These stored will display their products along with cost and all nutrition-based info that some people may not pay attention to right away. This can help them make better choices and become aware of what they are putting inside their body. Also, the use of the application will reward points that can lead to prizes and discounts to assist them with their purchases, since healthy food can be expensive. The application will be for ages 10 and up and will enable people to customize the colors and set-up so that it can be more appealing. This application could change the dynamic of these neighborhoods and educate families at the same time. It’s all about assisting people and making life easier for those who may have it a little harder than others.

Citations

  1. Allen, P. 2004. Together at the table: Sustainability and sustenance in the American agrifood system. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press.
  2. Holt-Giménez, E. (2010). Food Security, Food Justice, or Food Sovereignty?*. 16(4), 2-3. Retrieved February 20, 2015, from http://dev.international.uiowa.edu/files/international.uiowa.edu/files/file_uploads/FoodMovementsWinter2010bckgrndr.pdf
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