The global disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic illustrate the vulnerability many people face in our current farming and food systems. Too often, low-income individuals and people of color are disproportionately impacted due to structural inequities in access to health care, food and employment. Farmers are further stretched by unstable markets and access to labor. These vulnerabilities are intensified under COVID-19.
Strong regional food economies rooted in equity and mutuality offer more stable alternatives that should be supported during and after this current crisis. Because these farming and food systems are often community-based, they create opportunities for consistent access to the good jobs and healthy food that communities need to be resilient in times of disruption. As many people are looking for solutions and certainty during these challenging times, we will continue to deliver this message and work toward healthy, equitable farming and food systems alongside you, our partners across Northwest Tennessee.
Actions you can do from your home:
Grow your own food, Plant-A-Row for the Hungry (PAR): PAR is a people-helping-people program that encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and donate the produce to local soup kitchens and food pantries serving the homeless and hungry in local communities. Support Plant a Row and help make a difference in your community.
Donate to, Use and Share information from the NWTN Food Relief Agency Guide 2020
Observe your food consumption….where does it come from, how much are you spending, can you source anything local, could you grow it?
Additional Online Resources (All links have been posted on our facebook page)
- Weakley County Grab-n-Go Meals
- Why Outdoor Farmers’ Markets Matter More than Ever: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/01/nyregion/coronavirus-greenmarkets-nyc.html?fbclid=IwAR36liIUywu3CzbINM6TooMRGlBoAZ71hJq2wjUsPuWp_AAqMHe3QHMWSI8
- Coronavirus has more Americans turning directly to farms too: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/31/coronavirus-demand-for-local-farms-157538?fbclid=IwAR1T8MAqZ7YsfGkMVBXO-ancuPbQaRmIMmKeko4ddWQYCtsgzoszmxVl9i
- The Effects of COVID-19 Will Ripple through Food Systems:
- COVID-19 Resources:
- “Stay at Home Beekeeping Series: Distance Learning for Beekeeping Clubs”
- NSAC’s Statement on COVID-19 and its Impacts on the Farm and Food System
- Phone Numbers of Weakley County Restaurants
- URGENT – Ensure COVID-19 Aid Gets to Farmers and Food Systems Today!
- A List of CSAs in All 50 States
- “Tyson Foods helps feed Dyer County”
- “Supporting Our Community: Farm to School and COVID-19”
- The Fight to Keep Farmers’ Markets Open During Coronavirus
- Food System Resilience in a Time of Crisis: Considerations and Resources for the Community
- “Donate to a Local Food Bank”
- Trudy’s Kids Cafe serving schedule for kids: