Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission

To support students in creating community-based food distribution programs by providing resources and mentorship.

Our Vision

We envision our New food system, where Community Food Security (CFS) is a reality nationwide.

CFS is traditionally defined as:

A situation in which all community residents obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice.
— Hamm and Bellows (2003)

Why Students?

Our Network focuses on providing support to college students and institutions of higher education. Reasons for this focus:

  • They are a great community resource.
    • Institutions are powerful, and that power is potential.
    • Students make really good connectors across community assets.
  • Education is changing.
    • Students are looking for ways to go beyond their campus for their education.
    • Academia is trending towards applied and experiential learning, social entrepreneurship, and food systems. We need outlets and proven models to make the most of this new energy.
  • College students are showing inspiring interest and energy in food issues.
    • They want to do something good for the world—and they want to start now.
    • To get hired, students need more than a degree. They need experience and leadership skills.