Our food system is broken, and we are in pursuit of change. We believe that all people and all communities have the right to access nutritionally dense and culturally appropriate produce and protein.
Food insecurity refers to the inability to afford enough food for an active, healthy life. Common household responses to inadequate food supplies are food budget adjustments, and increased consumption of low cost, ultra processed, calorie dense foods with little nutritional value. Historically, much of the food donated to food pantries has been processed foods high in salt, fat, and sugar. These foods may alleviate hunger, but they do not provide the nutrients our bodies need to thrive. The USDA reports strong correlations between food insecurity, and negative health outcomes including a higher probability of diet related chronic disease – cancer, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, kidney disease, and COPD
In Northern Virginia alone, 90,000 people are facing food insecurity, and 40% are children. We wish to enhance quality of life for those people by creating access to fresh food, and food education, with a focus on regenerative agriculture.
By the end of 2023, the JK Community Farm aims to distribute 245,000 pounds of organic produce and protein to families who are experiencing food insecurity in Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, and DC. This contribution is expected to provide approximately 196,000 meals, with 175,000 pounds of produce and 60,000 pounds of protein. The farm’s efforts this season will bring the total amount of food donated to our food pantry partners since our establishment in 2018 to 1 million pounds. Through its tireless efforts, the JK Community Farm continues to make a significant impact in the lives of individuals and families in need in the local community.