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Understand food insecurity in communities around the Southeast United States. Review fact sheets and data tables compiled by our member institutions.

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The 2012 North Carolina Super Summer Meals Pilot program sought to increase the percentage of eligible children receiving federally funded summer meals by 10 percent in eleven pilot public school districts (known as local education agencies, or LEAs) and by 2 percent for all LEAs statewide. The program exceeded its goals, showing dramatic increases in meal sites established and meals served....

Post date: Jul 18, 2014

Millions of Americans turn to Food Stamps, soup kitchens and other hunger relief services to feed themselves and their families. Contrary to common perception, many of these families are working and yet their incomes are still insufficient to meet their basic needs. According to a recent two-year survey of over 2,000 clients at the largest food pantry in Northeast Iowa, 25 percent of people...

Post date: Dec 2, 2013

Understanding the characteristics of people needing services is key to designing effective anti- poverty programs. Using time-series data from client files at participating non-profit food pantries, we created profiles of over 500 individuals accessing private, non-profit food assistance from 2005-2008, representing almost 3,966 separate visits. One of the central factors we are considering...

Post date: Dec 2, 2013

Resources

The Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities at the University of South Carolina provides policy briefs that offer objective, thoughtful analysis on current nutrition and health disparities related policy and practice issues from a public interest perspective.

This article examines the physical and financial access to food of the population of Dorset, a rural municipality in North East Tasmania (Australia); the impact that socio-economic factors have on their food security; and the coping strategies they use when food shortages occur. The data revealed the wide-ranging effects of the importation of cheaper food alternatives, which had long-term implications not only on individuals’ health but also on the economic health of the community. This study highlights the inappropriateness of the continuation of individual behavior change as a policy focus, as many of the problems facing communities are beyond individual abilities.

The UNC School of Government provides specialized finance and development expertise, with the goal of enabling local governments and their partners to accomplish their community and economic development goals. For more information, see the Community and Economic Development website at ced.sog.unc.edu or contact Tyler Mulligan at the UNC School of Government (mulligan@sog.unc.edu).