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Taking Stock, a series of regional reports published by Grow Well Missouri and the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, provides analysis and discussion to better understand the ways in which the management and operations of food pantries can be enhanced. Based on a survey of 204 food pantry directors, the reports highlight some of the unique needs of food pantries in the areas of planning, communications, facilities, operations, and others. The reports also shed light on areas where food pantries excel.
Visit the Taking Stock webpage to find reports from the Harvesters-Community Food Network region (Kansas City metro), the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri region, the Southeast Missouri Food Bank region, and the Ozarks Food Harvest region (Southwest Missouri).
The 2016 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit will take place on Feb 26 and 27 at the University of Missouri in Columbia. The theme this year is “From Poverty to Promise.” The summit will bring students, faculty, and professionals together to explore solutions to hunger at home and abroad. It will feature interactive sessions, renowned keynote speakers, and ample opportunities for networking and dialogue. Invited guests will lead discussions on the connections between food security and health, policy solutions to domestic hunger, and addressing issues of stigma in vulnerable populations, among others. Registration is now open. Go to the summit registration web page to reserve your spot. Sponsored by the Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development, the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, Mizzou Advantage, and partners.
Plant, Grow & Share is a project of Grow Well Missouri and the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security. The goal is simple – to encourage donations of fresh, garden-grown produce to hunger relief groups. We believe that good food should be on the tables of everyone in our state. Please join us!
How does it work?
Gardeners, community garden groups, and farmers can find a hunger relief group in their community by visiting the Feeding Missouri Agency Finder web page. Enter your zip code in the address section, select how far you are willing to travel, and click Find Locations.
Consider the options provided and make a phone call to determine whether a group can accept donations of fresh produce. Confirm the quantity of produce they can handle, their address, and the hours they accept donations.
When it comes time to donate, harvest and handle the produce with care. We have provided tips for ensuring that produce remains fresh and safe for recipients.
Tell your friends. We can make a bigger difference if we all pitch in.
Why is this important?
Missouri has the second highest rate of hunger (7.9%) after Arkansas. Over the past 10 years, the percentage of Missourians who experience hunger increased by 103% (USDA).
Donating Produce from Farms and Gardens – for tips on how food pantries and growers can work together to increase produce donations.
Safely Harvesting and Handling Produce – for tips on using safe harvesting and handling practices when making donations of fresh produce to a food pantry.
Planting Calendar – North Missouri
Planting Calendar – Central Missouri
Planting Calendar – Ozarks (Missouri)
Planting Calendar – Southwest Missouri
Planting Calendar – South Central Missouri
Please contact Bill McKelvey at McKelveyWA [at] missouri [dot] edu for more information.
A new publication by the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, Healthy Shelves: Promoting and enhancing good nutrition in food pantries, was released in January 2015. This 24 page booklet offers tips and strategies for linking food pantries and community partners to get healthier food onto the shelves of pantries and into the homes of food pantry customers. With strategies based on more than two years of field work, the guide highlights nutrition improvement activities in the areas of Food Availability and Access, Food Consumption, Food Pantry Capacity and Development, and Food Acquisition and Distribution. Personal stories highlight the innovative work of pantry directors and partners committed to improving community health.
The complete booklet including supplemental materials can be downloaded from the Healthy Shelves home page. For more information, contact Bill McKelvey at McKelveyWA@missouri.edu.
Promoting and Enhancing Good Nutrition in Food Pantries
This new publication from the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security dives into the topic of food pantry nutrition. Based on more than two years of working closely with food pantries in central Missouri, the guide offers a number of creative and promising approaches to getting healthier foods in to food pantries and on the tables of food pantry customers.
The resource highlights nutrition improvement strategies in four different areas – Food Availability and Access, Food Consumption, Food Pantry Capacity and Development, and Food Acquisition and Distribution. It also spotlights the work of people and organizations making it happen.
Healthy Shelves can be downloaded here.
Additional resources that accompany the guide can be found at the links below:
- Healthy Food Drive Tips – for hosting a food drive with a focus on healthier foods.
- Donating Produce from Farms and Gardens – for tips on how food pantries and growers can work together to increase produce donations.
- Safely Harvesting and Handling Produce – for tips on using safe harvesting and handling practices when making donations of fresh produce to a food pantry.
- Seeds that Feed – for starting a seed distribution and gardening education program to help more food pantry customers grow their own.
Contact Bill McKelvey, McKelveyWA@missouri.edu, for more information.
This project is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Grant No. 2010-85216-20645 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Human Nutrition and Obesity Program – 93330.
Looking for ways to engage food banks and anti-hunger allies in a meaningful dialogue about long-term solutions to hunger, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona hosted the inaugural Closing the Hunger Gap conference in Tucson in 2013. Sessions featured innovative organizations that incorporate nutrition education, community organizing, policy, economic development, and local food production into their work. Discussions centered on the root causes of hunger and tangible ways food banks can work together to address the most pressing issues and needs of their clients. The conference concluded with an action planning session to build momentum for ongoing work and collaboration among attendees.
To keep posted or become involved, check out the conference materials and updates on the Closing the Hunger Gap website and Facebook page. The next conference will be held in Tacoma, WA, September 11-13, 2017.
The Missouri Hunger Atlas 2013, recently released by the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, provides a county-by-county assessment of the extent of food insecurity in the state. The Atlas also measures the work of a host of public and private programs intended to help people struggling with hunger.
First issued in 2008, the Missouri Hunger Atlas is now in it’s third edition and features updated county tables and rankings, indicator maps, and trend analyses. A new feature of the 2013 edition is a Food Affordability measure. This measure estimates the percent of income required each week by households to meet average food expenditures in a given county.
The 2013 Atlas is available in whole or part and is easy to use and access by visiting the Missouri Hunger Atlas 2013 webpage.
Amidst the current Farm Bill debate, University of Arkansas Law professor Susan Schneider offers a reasoned assessment of who benefits from federal nutrition programs, the efficiency in which the programs are implemented, and the economic impact of spending food stamp dollars in local communities.
The article is featured in the Agricultural Law Blog, the official blog of the Association of American Law Schools section on agricultural and food law.