The Hunger Coalition strives to end hunger in our community by providing wholesome food, collaboration, education, and advocacy. This year The Hunger Coalition, along with two AmeriCorps VISTA members and assistance of the Public Policy Research Center at Boise State University, will be undertaking a community food assessment. The food assessment will be looking at food security levels, uniting community stakeholders, and affecting community health policy.
Why a Food Assessment?
Feeding America’s statistics have shown that we are currently helping 84% of the food insecure population in the community, but our numbers show something very different. From 2012 to 2013 our services have increased 32%; during the first six months of 2014 a 55% increase of families and individuals has occurred, and the number of seniors and those 18 years and younger has soared.
The food assessment will take a more detailed look at the underlying social, economic, and institutional factors in a community that affect the quantity and quality of available food and its affordability in relation to the sufficiency of financial resources available to obtain it.
Strengthening Our Community
The food assessment will show us the true number of the food insecure population in our community as well as the barriers that keep people from accessing The Hunger Coalition’s and other organization’s services.
Bringing a variety of stakeholders together will help find community based solutions to the food security problem. These community based solutions and relationships will be putting the resources in place to help break the cycle of poverty we face.
Community Food Assessment
Through the food assessment, stakeholders from different areas of the community will work to develop a joint agenda and action plan. The team will use the USDA’s toolkit which looks at community demographics, community food resources, household food security, food resource availability and affordability, and community food production resources.
Once these foundational steps have been taken we will be looking for the next steps our community can take to ensure that our local food system improves so everyone has the ability to be food secure.
The community food assessment will build solid relationships and next steps that will help redefine our community for the better.
WATCH THE COMMUNITY FOOD ASSESSMENT VIDEO
Community Food Assessment Video
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