Food Security and Community Health
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The IRC works to increase access to fresh, affordable foods among San Diego’s refugee and low-income communities. Many refugees come from farming backgrounds and cultures that celebrate fresh, made-from-scratch food. We provide information and resources that will help them navigate the overwhelming and often unhealthy food options they encounter in the United States. We also support community-driven initiatives that celebrate culinary diversity and promote healthful eating.
Current projects include:
- Working with IRC’s Students Plus program to build a school garden and facilitate food-literacy and leadership development through Crawford High School’s Gardening and Food Justice Team
- Partnering with refugees and local community groups to build an “urban farm” in City Heights
- Giving refugees a free bag of fresh produce and staples each month
- Conducting community outreach to increase participation in food stamp program
- Offering technical assistance, start-up grants, graphic design assistance, etc. to help refugees establish and expand food businesses
For more information, please contact Amy Lint at Amy.Lint@theIRC.org or 619 641-7510, ext. 244.