When it comes to fighting hunger, we have a lot on our plate. In fact, food insecurity rates in Missouri have gone up over the past 10 years. In 2013 we partnered with four food banks across our region to help strengthen their organizational infrastructure through our Emergency Food Access grants. These efforts made a real impact, but with a problem this complex, we needed to give ourselves and the public a deeper understanding of the size and scope of the issue.
Furthering our work in this area, we released a comprehensive Food Insecurity Report in 2015 as part of our Health Equity Series. In it we examined Missouri’s food system, including how factors such as race and gender impact food security and food access. There are no easy answers, but by understanding how food deserts or a lack of transportation worsen food insecurity, we’re one step closer to solving the problem.
In this land of plenty, no American or Missourian should go without food.MFH Food Insecurity Report