Making Hartford More Food Secure

The Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy held its annual Community Food Security Awards on Wednesday, March 28th. Recognizing leadership in local food justice, the awards highlighted Hartford’s organizations and individuals improving the well-being of residents and visitors.

Among the awardees was Lilly Herrera, who has tirelessly supported Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane Maria. Coordinating essential food and daily needs, Ms. Herrera ensured that critical gaps in assistance were filled, and that everyone was well-fed in their new, temporary home at the Red Roof Inn. As Councilwoman Bermudez said in a recent New York Times article, “The families are in a constant state of unrest. They were displaced in Puerto Rico and now they’re being displaced here.” Ms. Herrera was recognized by the Food Policy Commission for bringing Hartford’s newest residents much needed comfort, consistency, and sustenance.

Other awardees included:

  • Blue Earth Compost. Blue Earth closes the food production loop to make organic waste a useful product. Taking food scraps from the homes of residents and businesses in Hartford and the region, Blue Earth then composts the material and returns it to customers – who then use this waste by-product to nourish gardens and improve soil quality. Less waste in landfills, more love for the planet!
  • KNOX. This local nonprofit leads urban agriculture efforts in the area, including an innovative incubator farmer program that trains individuals on how to build a farm-based business. Recognized at the ceremony for both the incubator farming program and the excellent work of employee Chelsea Morrison, KNOX increases access to healthy, nutritious, and culturally-relevant food.

Congratulations to all the awardees for their contributions!