Center Director Featured on Straight from the Heartland
The Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, Dr. Sandy Rikoon, was featured on Straight from the Heartland, a radio program of AgWeb, on Thanksgiving day. The report examined hunger in the U.S. and Missouri and gaps in our understanding of the extent of hunger in communities. Rikoon described how research projects of the Center, namely the Missouri Hunger Atlas, provide local officials and agency professionals with county level information about food insecurity and how well private and public hunger relief programs are meeting the need. Roughly 15% of Missourians worry about having enough to eat. Of these, about 40% will at some point have to reduce portions, skip meals, or otherwise change their eating patterns.