Community garden: Any piece of land gardened by a group of people (American Community garden Association).
Dysthymia: A type of depression involving long-term, chronic symptoms that are not disabling, but keep a person from functioning at "full steam" or from feeling good.
Energy-dense: Also referred to as ‘calorie-dense’ – foods that provide few vitamins and minerals and substantial calories – usually from added fats and sugar.
Food insecurity: The limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate or safe foods, or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
Food insufficiency: An inadequate amount of food intake due to lack of resources.
Food system: All processes involved in keeping us fed: growing, harvesting, processing (or transforming or changing), packaging, transporting, marketing, consuming and disposing of food and food packages. It also includes the inputs needed and outputs generated at each step. The food system operates within and is influenced by social, political, economic and natural environments. Each step is also dependent on human resources that provide labor, research and education. http://foodsys.cce.cornell.edu/primer.html
Gleaning: To collect un-harvested crops from the field of farmers or to obtain agricultural products from farmers, processors or retailers, in order to distribute the products to needy individuals, including unemployed and low-income individuals. The term includes only those situations in which agricultural products and access to facilities are made without charge.
Hunger: A situation where household members unwillingly go without food for an intermittent period of time. Hunger is a potential consequence of food insecurity.
Nutrient-dense: foods that provide substantial amounts of vitamins and minerals and relatively fewer calories.
Nutrition education: Individual or group education sessions and the provision of information and educational materials designed to improve health status, dietary habits and physical activity habits, and to emphasize the relationship between nutrition, physical activity and health, all in keeping with the individual’s personal, cultural, and socioeconomic preferences (Oregon WIC)
Safety Net programs: Safety net programs help U.S. households purchase sufficient food. Safety nets are created for moral, economic, and political reasons. For economists, a safety net is a policy that ensures a minimum income, consumption, or wage level. Safety nets can be viewed as social insurance to help people through livelihood shocks and stresses, such as those caused by illness, unemployment, or job displacement (United States Department of Agriculture).