Community Food Security

Community food security is a condition in which all community residents obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance.




Food Bank's community food security initiatives promote both the local economy and self-sufficiency among individuals using the emergency food network. Through investing dollars with local farmers, establishing gardens at partner agency sites, distributing container gardens to low-income individuals and connecting families to local farmers' markets, Food Bank creates additional access to fresh produce for families in need.


Garden in a Bucket

Food Bank's Garden-in-a-Bucket project distributes a 5-gallon bucket, a vegetable plant or seeds, and reimbursement for planting soil to emergency food recipients, complete with gardening and maintenance instructions. The buckets and plants will be available at no charge to our partner agencies through the Food Bank's shopping list as they become available.

Many emergency food recipients do not have land to plant a traditional vegetable garden, Garden-in-a-Bucket provides these individuals with the opportunity to have fresh vegetables during the summer; all they need is water and sunlight.



As an alternative to our Garden in a Bucket program, partner agencies can sign up to receive seed packets from the Food Bank to hand out to emergency food recipients. This is an easy way for coordinators to encourage self-sufficiency. Individuals will receive two packets of vegetable seeds and an interactive step by step guide with clear instructions on how to grow your own fresh food right at home! Plant-a-seed is great for your agency visitors who want to grow vegetables or herbs indoors or out.

For questions or to sign up for either of these opportunities, please contact Beth Seeley, Community Nutrition Educator at bseeley(at) or call (315) 437-1899 ext. 222.