Confronting Hunger in the USA: Searching for Community Empowerment and Food Security in Food Access Programs, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Confronting Hunger in the USA

Searching for Community Empowerment and Food Security in Food Access Programs, 1st Edition

By Adam M. Pine


168 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Food insecurity in the US is a critical issue that is experienced by approximately 15% of the population each year. Hunger is not caused by an inability to produce enough food for the population, but is instead a manifestation of federal agricultural policies that support the overproduction of commodity crops and neoliberal social policies that seek to lower the amount of benefits dispersed to those in need. This book focuses on how four different food-based community programs address both the physical sensation of hunger as well as the political and economic disempowerment that work against the ability of people experiencing food insecurity to mobilize as a political force. Confronting Hunger in the USA argues that most food programs do more to create community among their volunteers than among program participants and tend to reinforce neoliberal understandings of citizenship. Community food programs reach out to the most vulnerable members of society in caring and gentle ways and often use the language of alternative economies to articulate a different relationship between the individual and the state. However, the projects in this study act as individual pieces of the state's insufficient social safety net and are only beginning to articulate a new relationship between food and society.

Table of Contents

1. The Struggle to Build Community and Feed Society

2. Food Security, the Industrial Food System, and Community in the US

3. Creating Community and Empowerment in Community-Based Food Programs

4. The Emerging Alternative Economies in Community-Based Food Programs

5. Neoliberalism and The Porous Continuum of Care for the Food Insecure

6. Looking for Paths to Food Access and Solidarity

About the Author

Adam M. Pine is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Urban, Environment and Sustainability Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth, USA.

About the Series

Critical Food Studies

Critical Food Studies
The study of food has seldom been more pressing or prescient. From the intensifying globalization of food, a world-wide food crisis and the continuing inequalities of its production and consumption, to food's exploding media presence, and its growing re-connections to places and people through 'alternative food movements', this series promotes critical explorations of contemporary food cultures and politics. Building on previous but disparate scholarship, its overall aims are to develop innovative and theoretical lenses and empirical material in order to contribute to - but also begin to more fully delineate - the confines and confluences of an agenda of critical food research and writing. Of particular concern are original theoretical and empirical treatments of the materialisations of food politics, meanings and representations, the shifting political economies and ecologies of food production and consumption and the growing transgressions between alternative and corporatist food networks.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography