Food System Resources During COVID-19
The spread of COVID-19 has affected all of Indiana and the nation, extensively disrupting family and work routines, changing who we spend time with, impacting how and where and how often we access food, and adding to our stress levels from a variety of angles. Below is a list of resources that might help you or others in your community navigate issues in the food system during this time.
Crises like this one highlight the importance of community resilience. It begs the question of how we, as a family, as a neighborhood, as a town, city, state, nation, and world, plan to get through this challenge and come back stronger. The food system jumps to the forefront of this conversation, as grocery stores, delivery services, and other supply chain roles become designated as essential services, and cashiers and store clerks and farmers and delivery drivers now work on the front lines.
Already, we have seen remarkable community responses to address this crisis—neighbors offering to pick-up groceries for more vulnerable members in their community, people sewing masks to provide protective gear to healthcare workers, neighbors sharing seeds and plant starts as more people feel called to grow their own food, and little free markets popping up in yards across towns.
If you have any questions about the following resources, please do not hesitate to reach out over email to members of our team at Sustainable Food Systems Science: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or the Center for Rural Engagement: firstname.lastname@example.org.