The Greater Nashua Food Council is an ever expanding group using a collective impact model of over 80 local residents and partner organizations who are stakeholders in creating a sustainable food system in Nashua. There is a particular focus on those that struggle with food insecurity and thinking through some of the deeper system issues that may be barriers to food access such as transportation, livable wages, stable housing, healthy homes, and childcare.
Taking this systems thinking approach will be key to developing and sustaining the relationships needed to improve food access. The Council is focused on four key areas; nutrition education, production, distribution, and policy, to create a sustainable food system that provides healthy food options for all residents of Nashua.
Current collaborative projects include; community gardens, farm to school, "Cooking Matters"-cooking classes, gleaning from local farms and redistributing to communities in need, and addressing local transportation policies.
Why do we exist?
The Greater Nashua Food Council is committed to making healthy, local food more accessible. This is partnered with a passion for making a healthy life-style fun and desirable. The Council serves as a forum to enhance communication and collaborative projects among diverse organizations and constituencies. Working together, we can all contribute more effectively to the evolution of a resilient local food system, one that that nurtures the health of people, the local economy, and the planet at large.
Where do we want to go?
Five years from now, Nashua will be a state leader in terms of motivated, happy people purchasing, eating, preparing, and growing healthy foods. We will reweave the way that we locally secure the most nutrient dense produce for our schools, hospitals, grocery stores, and restaurants. Such accessibility and practices will enhance human well-being, economic vitality, and the ecological health and resilience of our diverse community.