One of the more shocking things I've learned is that around 15% of rural households in the Midwest are food insecure. This means that at some point in the past year, they didn't know if they were going to be able to put food on the table. It was hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that the region that is touted as feeding the world was unable to ensure its own friends and neighbors were being fed properly.
There are several factors relating to the high rate of food insecurity in rural America, but we're not here to analyze. Instead, we're focusing on solutions. The Center for Rural Affairs has several innovative programs that help combat food insecurity. They believe in teaching people self-reliance when it comes to food production. For the past few years they've been working with several tribal communities where food insecurity has led to widespread obesity and diabetes problems. They work with individual families and households to start their own backyard and container gardens. Then they teach food preservation courses and pest and weed management classes. Families with excess produce sell at the local farmers markets. The programs are working in these communities, and the Center wants to expand the reach of the programs.
That's why I'm supporting the Center for Rural Affairs. Their project is emphasizing self reliance as a means to become more food secure, and I think that's pretty valuable. Will you join me by supporting the Center for Rural Affairs with a gift today?