Alabama Council on Human Relations, Inc.
-Committed to equal opportunity, and providing services and advocacy to Alabama children and families in need since 1954
The Alabama Coalition Against Hunger (ACAH) is a component of the Alabama Council on Human Relations. Its mission is to end hunger by working to provide all Alabama residents, as a matter of right, guaranteed access to nutritious foods sufficient to promote health and general well-being.
Since its inception in 1976, ACAH has worked to expand the availability of federal nutrition programs and provide community education and advocacy for residents with low incomes. It was instrumental in expanding participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)--formerly Food Stamps--and School Breakfast programs in Alabama and in expanding WIC to all 67 counties. It has directed statewide education/information campaigns on a variety of nutrition-related issues through a variety of grants.
ACAH serves as a hunger/nutrition information clearinghouse. This is an ongoing effort to provide information to families living with low-income. Even well-known programs such as Medicaid, WIC, and SNAP are under-utilized by some groups of eligible residents. ACAH works to help get the word out about these and other vital, often pivotal programs.
Currently ACAH's principal focus is community gardening--an area in which it performs a wide range of roles and functions, including garden developer, manager, advocate, mentor, trainer and educator. ACAH partners with diverse groups, such as Alabama Cooperative Extension System, in the development of both family and community gardens of varying size, setting, scope and purpose. The Back Porch Garden project helps seniors start small container gardens. For the past two years, ACAH has partnered with three churches in the Auburn community to grow a garden and during the summers involve the youth in all phases of the garden as well as nutrition related field trips and information about using the vegetables grown.
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