Providing Food Security & Sustainability

November 15, 2018

Air Date: November 15, 2018

Twelve years ago, Kimberly Buffington was on a mission trip to feed the hungry in Lima, Peru when she had an “ah-ha” moment.

Kimberly: We just came 6,000 miles and met these amazing wonderful people and fed them and there is people that are hungry 20 minutes from where I live. So I came back and said I’ve got to find a way to have some impact in my own town.

So Kimberly moved into the city and educated herself on what families really needed – food security.

Mitch: What does food security mean?

Kimberly: There is enough food for everyone to eat which usually means that there is food creation happening within a community.

Seeing the lack of security, Kimberly needed to find a solution. She discovered a grocery partner to support the efforts and Eden Gives was born.

Kimberly: What came into my hands to give away was food from a local Trader Joe’s store. Instead of throwing food away that is about to expire they have built processes into their store functions that allows them to donate safely to nonprofits like ours. So I pick up from Trader Joe’s and deliver food into the city. We feed 400 families isn’t that crazy?

Mitch: And healthy food

Kimberly: Yes

But Kimberly couldn’t just do food delivery. Today Eden Gives is providing food sustainability through local gardens and Abundance Farming.

Kimberly: And I realized if I teach them to grow then the possibility of them never being hungry again exists.

 It may have taken a trip to another country to spark her mission but Kimberly Buffington and Eden Gives is creating an abundance of food for families, right here in the heart of Detroit.