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Taking a Bite Out of Food Inequity

Food inequity is defined as the adverse effects of both the production and distribution of food that marginalized communities face. Food inequity is a problem faced by families in all different types of communities that have one thing in common: poverty. In rural areas, the issue of food inequity can be represented by the analogy of “water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink.” While an area may appear rich with food crops and farms, it does not mean that the people who live there have the means or ability to purchase what is being grown. It also does not mean that what is being grown is available for purchase in the local community and or at nearby businesses that sell food. This project will explore the issue of food inequity by highlighting the differences between equality and equity,  identifying how food inequity occurs, and by exploring where locally grown food items can be purchased by those who rely on government assistance. The goals for this project are to illustrate the “Ws” of food equity (who, what, where, when, how) and to create a database that shows where locally produced food can be purchased by those relying on government assistance. 

Tiffany MoreyDr. Tiffany G. Morey

Dr. Tiffany G. Morey is an agricultural educator and change agent from New Jersey. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science from Rutgers University-Cook College, an M.Ed. in Agricultural Education from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, and a PhD in Agricultural and Extension Education from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Morey has a passion for educating others on where their food comes from, exploring ways to provide people with locally grown produce to create healthier and more nutritious meals, and helping to solve food accessibility, equality, and equity issues in her community. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her horse, volunteering at a therapeutic horseback riding program, running, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Participant School & Location:
Buena Regional High School 
Buena, NJ

Below is an interactive presentation on food equality. You can click through and read slides to learn about food equality issues.