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What is Food Security?

Food Security is when all people, at all times, have physical and economical access to sufficient safe, nutritious food that fuels a healthy, active lifestyle (FAO, 2008).

What is a Food System?

The food system is an interconnected network of activities and organizations that provide the production, processing, transportation, and consumption of food in a given area (Washington State University, n.d.).

What is Food Apartheid?

Food Apartheid is a characteristic of inequity in the food system and describes the racial segregation of healthy food, causing health disparities and undue hardship on a race or class of people (Lu, r.2021).

What is a Food Desert?

A food desert is an area where people have limited access to a variety of healthy and affordable food with known systematic socioeconomic influences on the affected populations (USDA, 2009).


The Guilford County Food Security Team pledges to collaboratively shape a blueprint for a resilient food system, rooted in sustainability and equity. We pledge to amplify community voices in both the development and execution of this blueprint, while embracing climate-smart practices to ensure a prosperous future for all. ​

Our goal is to craft a process and plan that is equitable, inclusive, regenerative, actionable, cohesive, and heart-centered.

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  1. Lu, Isabel. December 14, 2020. Revised Sept 3, 2021. Food Apartheid: What does food access mean in America?  T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies: Food Apartheid: What Does Food Access Mean In America? – Center for Nutrition Studies
  2. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). 2008. Food Security Information for Action: Practical Guidelines. FAO Food Security Programme: al936e00.pdf (
  3. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): Economic Research Service. June 2009. Access to affordable and nutritious food: Measuring and understanding food deserts and their consequences; Report to Congress. USDA: Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences (
  4. Washington State University: College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. No Date. Food SystemsWashington State University: