POVERTY IS CLOSER TO HOME THAN YOU THINK
Heifer’s work in the United States is centered on building and reviving local food systems so that farmers and families in Illinois, one of the poorest regions in the USA, are making a difference in their own lives and the lives of their neighbors.
One in four people in Illinois suffer from food insecurity, and unemployment rates are higher than that of the nation. The power of Heifer USA lies in the belief that small-scale farmers can feed the world and revive their local economies using the impact of locally produced food. We are empowering food entrepreneurs and building food enterprises to address every link in the food value chain—from farm to table.
THIS PROGRAM WILL TRANSFORM FOR FOOD SYSTEMS
A food system is all the processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption and disposal of food. Heifer USA focuses its programming in six key areas