Tag Archives: Joan Hermsen


Power Up Your Pantry Link
December 2017
Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security
Bill McKelvey

The Garden Starter Link
May 2017
Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, University of Missouri
Bill McKelvey

Healthy Food Access in Missouri Food Pantries Through Evidence-Based Intervention
February 2017
Journal of Human Sciences and Extension
Darren Chapman

Exploring Long-term Food Pantry Use: Differences Between Persistent and Prolonged Typologies of Use
June 2016
Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Michelle Kaiser and Anne Cafer

An Analysis of Differences in Predictors of Food Affordability Between Rural and Urban Counties
November 2015
Journal of Poverty
Anne Cafer and Michelle Kaiser

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Food Insecurity PDF
March 2015
Social Sciences Review
Colleen Heflin, Irma Arteaga, and Sara Gable

Food Acquisition Strategies, Food Security, and Health Status Among Families with Children Using Food Pantries PDF
January 2015
Families in Society: the Journal of Contemporary Social Services
Michelle Kaiser and Joan Hermsen

Healthy Shelves: Promoting and enhancing good nutrition in food pantries Link
December 2014
Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, University of Missouri
Bill McKelvey

Participation in the National School Lunch Program and Food Security: An analysis of transitions into kindergarten PDF
September 2014
Children and Youth Services Review
Irma Arteaga and Colleen Heflin

Coping with Hunger in 2013: Food Pantry Clients and Households in the Service Region of the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri PDF
December 2013
Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, University of Missouri
Anne Cafer, Matt Foulkes, Colleen Heflin, Joan Hermsen, Nikki Raedeke, and Sandy Rikoon
Also see Coping with Hunger, 2010 PDF and Coping with Hunger, 2005 PDF

Missouri Hunger Atlas 2016 Link
Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, University of Missouri
Anne Cafer, Darren Chapman, Kathlee Freeman, and Sandy Rikoon
Also see Missouri Hunger Atlas 2013 PDFMissouri Hunger Atlas 2010 PDF, Kansas City Hunger Atlas 2010 PDF, St. Louis Hunger Atlas 2010 PDF, and Missouri Hunger Atlas 2005 PDF

Regional Profile of Missouri Food Pantry Clients and Households PDF
January 2013
The Institute of Public Policy, Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs, in conjunction with the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, University of Missouri
Ashley Vancil, Sandy Rikoon, Matt Foulkes, Colleen Heflin, Joan Hermsen, and Nikki Raedeke

Clients’ Perspectives on a Technology-Based Food Assistance Application System Link
August 2012
The American Review of Public Administration
Colleen M. Heflin, Andrew S. London and Peter R. Mueser

Going Digital: The Pros and Cons of Promoting Online Food Assistance Applications PDF
February 2012
Ridge Center for Targeted Studies
Colleen M. Heflin, Peter R. Mueser, and Andrew S. London

Feeding the Hungry: Results from a Survey of Food Pantry Directors in Mid-Missouri PDF
September 2011
Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security and Institute of Public Policy, University of Missouri
Jennifer Jensen, Colleen Heflin, Joan Hermsen, and Sandy Rikoon

Compositional Change, Material Hardships, and Coping Strategies: A Comparison of Rural Missouri Food Pantry Users: 2005 to 2010

The recent economic downturn has witnessed a substantial growth in the population that is food insecure. Yet, little is known about how changing economic conditions may have affected the composition, hardships, and coping strategies of the population at risk for food insecurity.  This project investigates the impact of the current recession on food pantry users in rural Missouri using data from Wave I (2005) and Wave II (2010) of the Missouri Food Pantry Client Survey.

The aims of the study are to:

  • Document how the composition of food pantry users has changed in rural Missouri.
  • Compare the extent of material hardships and food tradeoffs made by food pantry users in 2010 as compared to 2005.
  • Determine if the types of coping strategies deployed to meet hunger needs (use of local institutions and social networks) have changed over the last five years.
  • Analyze how participation in federal programs has changed among food pantry clients between 2005 and 2010.
  • Decompose observed temporal differences in the key outcomes into the portion due to changes in endowments and the portion due to changes in coefficients (and their interaction).


Food Tradeoffs among Food Pantry Clients in Missouri, 2005 & 2010 PDF
University of Missouri Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security with project support from the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research
Joan Hermsen and Sandy Rikoon

Our Team

Darren Chapman
Ph.D. student, Rural Sociology
B.A., Psychology, Missouri Southern State University
Darren’s interests center on food security, healthy food access, social inequalities, health disparities, and emergency food systems. He is involved with community and learning gardens, while also working with Grow Well Missouri to increase access to healthy food options for food pantry users.



kathlee Kathlee Freeman
Masters student, Rural Sociology (with GIS Certificate)
Kathlee’s research focus includes technology use and adoption. Before returning to graduate school, she worked with a variety of nonprofits conducting research, writing grants, managing and developing programs and overseeing communications.



Matt Foulkes
Associate Professor, Geography
Ph.D., Geography, University of Illinois
Dr. Foulkes’s interests include migration patterns and behaviors of the rural poor, ethnographic approaches to population geography, the geography of food insecurity, affordable housing and manufactured housing communities, and environmental knowledge transfer in the exurbs. His recent research projects include an analysis of large scale Hispanic migration in the U.S., poverty migration in Illinois, and studies of highly mobile, poor, rural communities.


Mary Hendrickson
Assistant Professor, Rural Sociology
Ph.D., Rural Sociology, University of Missouri
Dr. Hendrickson’s scholarship focuses on the social and economic organization of different types of food systems, they ways in which food systems impact social, ecological, and economic spheres; and options for changing how we organize food systems. Prior, Dr. Hendrickson spent 15 years with University of Missouri Extension working to create robust local food systems. She is currently the Undergraduate Advisor in Sustainable Agriculture and teaches courses on sustainable food and farming systems.


Joan HermsenJoan Hermsen
Associate Professor, Sociology
Chair, Women’s and Gender Studies
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Maryland
Dr. Hermsen’s research focuses primarily on gender inequality in the labor market. In particular, recent research topics include differences in work-related travel, the use of flextime, occupational gender segregation, the gender wage gap, and the glass ceiling. Joan also co-directs a study on sexual assault and is chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Missouri.


Bill McKelvey
Project Coordinator – M.S., Rural Sociology, University of Missouri
Bill McKelvey’s interests and experience center on building and strengthening community food systems. He has been involved in community gardening, youth gardening, farm to school, and direct marketing projects and worked for a number of years with University of Missouri Extension. His current work with Grow Well Missouri is broadly focused on improving access to healthy foods for families who use food pantries.


Nikki Raedeke
Assistant Teaching Professor and
Director of Dietetics, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
RD and Ph.D., Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, University of Missouri
Dr. Raedeke’s research interests focus on nutritional needs and food security among low-income adults. She directs the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and is active with the Missouri Dietetic Association and its central Missouri Chapter.



Sandy Rikoon
Dean, College of Human Environmental Sciences
Professor, Rural Sociology
Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security
Ph.D., Sociology and American Studies, Indiana University
Dr. Rikoon led the effort to establish the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security in 2004, the first center of its kind nationally to combine research, training, and outreach.  His research interests include environmental sociology, political ecology, food security, and ethnicity. He has been involved in sustainable agriculture outreach and education activities as well.

Jennifer Bean
Assistant Teaching Professor, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, University of Missouri
RD and M.S., Nutrition Sciences, University of Missouri
Jennifer Schnell’s primary interest is nutrition education and the impact of nutrition on chronic disease. Her current work centers on coordinating nutrition education at food pantries and providing recipes based on common pantry foods. Jennifer also works as a clinical instructor for the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, University of Missouri.