A Brief History of the Emergency Food System

In April, I had the pleasure of attending the California Association of Food Banks conference in Sacramento, CA. A wide selection of engaging workshops ranged from the Bridges Out of Poverty training to elements of successful nutrition education programs. You can dig into the conference materials here.

I presented on the intersections of emergency food and community food security. I included a timeline of the history of emergency food in the US as a frame for understanding many of the intersecting issues that impact hunger and poverty. The timeline is now available online , and can be shared and used widely.

We hope you enjoy it — and please add comments describing any additions you’d like to see, as well as how it’s helpful to you in your work.

Jess Powers is the Director of WhyHunger’s National Hunger Clearinghouse.

Jess Powers