Food is a Right Not a Privilege

We believe that basic nutrition needed to sustain a healthy, fulfilling life is the right of every person not a privilege reserved for just some. Most nations agreed that food is a basic human right by adopting the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Ratified by the United States Senate, Article 25, Section 1 states: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care…” Healthy Food for All Dane County supports this basic human right and works to make it a reality in our community.

Ideally, we hope for a future where everyone has equitable access to healthy, sustainably produced, culturally appropriate food. In our own small way, we seek to meet the immediate needs of neighbors while also promoting a vision for a more just and equitable food system. While inequality will no doubt persist for some time to come, we know we can make an immediate impact by redirecting food that might otherwise go to waste to people who need it. We also recognize that the Earth provides a great bounty of fresh, local produce during the growing season. In collaboration with growers and other community partners, we believe we can provide large volumes of local produce to needy residents both as seasonal produce and preserved products.

Rebuilding our local food infrastructure not only provides for immediate needs but also addresses other pressing community concerns. For example, jobs and new businesses in agriculture and new local food products help create career pathways for residents who may otherwise struggle with traditional employment opportunities. As an added benefit, strengthening our local food system also provides for greater community resilience and long-term food security.

Healthy Food for All of Dane County welcomes anyone interested in this important work to join in and lend a hand! Everyone is warmly encouraged to become part of the action and help us develop innovative new solutions to hunger in our community.