Rural Food Security


Food insecurity: being without access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food.

Why can’t farmers and farm workers afford to put food on the table? How do the very people that grow our food go hungry? Rural hunger is often a forgotten topic of focus in farming communities. According to the USDA, 84% of U.S. counties with the highest percentage of childhood hunger are rural.

Join us on April 8th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm PST as we speak (virtually) with Jillian Hishaw about rural food (in)security. Through her non-profit, F.A.R.M.S., Hishaw has focused on procuring and donating produce in rural farming communities over the past eight years. Over one million pounds of produce have been donated in and outside of the US.

This is a FREE event, but ticket quantities are limited. Donations are encouraged with all proceeds benefiting our food access programs.

For more information on local food insecurity visit

Photo of food donations at the farmers market
Gleaning event at a local farm

Jillian Hishaw is the Author of “Don’t Bet the Farm on Medicaid”. In addition she is also an agricultural attorney, founder, and C.E.O. of F.A.R.M.S.  Inspired by her own family’s land loss this international non-profit provides technical and legal assistance to rural small farmers while reducing hunger in the farmer’s community.  Hishaw has over 15 years of professional experience in the areas of food insecurity, land protection, and agricultural policy.  Her prior experience working on land protection matters for local and state agencies and on civil rights matters for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a food bank has given her immense insight on the topic of hunger and land protection.  Past academic publications include Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, The Journal of Food Law & Policy, South Dakota Law Review, Environmental and Energy Law Policy Journal, and American Bar Association Environmental, Energy and Resources Agricultural Management Newsletter.   Since 2014 F.A.R.M.S. donated over one million pounds of produce to hunger relief partners in primarily rural communities.

In 2017, Hishaw was recognized as a Food Changemaker by the Clif Bar Foundation and has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Atlantic, Vice News, The Washington Post, and more.  In 2019, the Food Tank organization voted Hishaw 1 of 15 women in the World Impacting the Food Industry.

Hishaw has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Tuskegee University, plus a Juris Doctorate and Legal Masters in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Law school. Hishaw’s own land loss experience has influenced her commitment to law and advocacy work in agriculture and asset protection. To learn more, please visit

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