University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Food & Nutrition Programs

Food Access

Food security is defined as people having physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. UVM Extension programs focused on food access specifically address how to increase economic or physical access. The primary outcome indicator used by these programs to measure success in increasing food access is the number of individuals who increase their selection of a variety of produce.

  • Senior Farm Share program matches older adults living in subsidized housing to CSA farms, thereby increasing their access to fresh, local produce.
  • 5-year project targeting Vermont's Northeast Kingdom is exploring ways to get more healthy, affordable and regionally produced food into independent markets in underserved communities. Bringing Food To the Desert.
  • Farm to School programs emphasize changing the food environment in schools so that youth have increased opportunities to select locally produced, healthy foods.

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