Food Security

The actions in this focus area will strive to ensure that all people always have reliable access to - and a sufficient quantity of - affordable, nutritious food that meets their preferences and needs.

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Food Security and Climate Change

Our Main Challenges

Disruption of the supply chain from the international to the local levels. Shipping, trucking, and ferrying food to the island is becoming increasingly unpredictable, as are national and international food availability and prices.

Increased demand for local food, constrained by cost of living, lack of affordable housing, and access to affordable land.

Growing inequity among food-secure and food-insecure populations, as climate change increases the cost of food, stresses supply chains, and increases climate-driven immigration.

Food Security and Climate Change

What is Food Insecurity?

Food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life. This can be a temporary situation for a household or can last a long time. Food insecurity is one way we can measure how many people cannot afford food. Climate change will exacerbate existing inequalities with increased costs and challenges with maintaining supplies for emergencies.

Child holding tray of healthy foods.
Three young children wear gloves and plant seedlings in a garden bed.

Food Security and Climate Change

Growing Insecurity

Food insecure households are growing on the island, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the island’s deepening affordable housing crisis.

  • The Island Food Pantry saw a 103% increase in child visits and an 84% increase in elder visits between 2019 and 2021.
  • These numbers are continuing to climb: there was a 40% increase in Pantry visits between February 2021 and February 2022.

Island Action

Local Food

Part of our work to improve food security will include supporting the existing agricultural operations while encouraging new ones on the Island. There are already 32 land-based farms and 14 aquaculture farms on the Island that provide our community with fresh, local food.

Check out this interactive map of local farms!

How You Can Help

Take Action to Improve Our Food Security!

Grow food at home, sign up for a plot in a community garden, or make your garden bigger. Share or preserve your extra harvest.
Ask at fish markets, grocery stores and restaurants what’s available from local and regional farms and fishermen
Keep an emergency kit in your house with shelf-stable food for at least three days for all of those in your household
Volunteer or donate to support Island food security.
Volunteer to support the Island Grown Gleaning program
Young man in hat picks an ear of corn in a farm field.