Survival Service #1: Food Pantries And Food Supports How can the public and private sectors think outside-the-box and design solutions to hunger and food insecurity?
DESIGNING A COUNTYWIDE FAMILY-FRIENDLY FOOD SUPPORT SYSTEM
The past: How did we get to this point of needing a family-friendly food support system? Who exactly needs it anyway? What problems is the system supposed to solve? Why don’t people just buy food for themselves without outside help?
The present (action agenda): Within this subject, we’ve identified ten strategies – called innovation areas – that can be used to tackle the food support access problem. Within those we suggest about 20 100% Community projects that you (yes, you) can take on, thus propelling your community towards family-friendly food support in its many forms.
The future (goals): With enough work on these innovations/projects, we’ll get to the point where innovation ten – the creation of a City/County Dept. of Family-Friendly Food Support – becomes a reality. With a state-of-the-art system of support in place, 100% of our county’s families report excellent support and service.
Since we are currently in the present creating the future, your commitment to innovation is most eagerly sought and needed.
Addressing a Challenge
When we “Google it”, how many results come up?
Ending hunger in America: 21,800,000
Causes of hunger: 29,100,000
Impact of technology on food security: 377,000,000
Youtube videos: Ending Hunger: 95,600,000
Apps found searching “Fooducate”: 45 vs. “Food Banks”: 1
Concerns to Consider
With literally millions upon millions of articles and thousands of foundations, governmental and non-governmental organizations all focused for decades on ending food insecurity in the United States, why is hunger still with us across fifty states? Why are our students arriving at school hungry? Why do parents working full time not have enough for a month’s worth of groceries? Why do food banks run out of food? We don’t mean to question our good-hearted leaders in political and academic circles, but what is the complete disconnect with those that claim to have answers and the actual implementation of solutions to ensure 100% of our residents are food secure?
It seems inconceivable that kids in our country suffer from hunger. State student surveys will tell you how many kids are experiencing hunger monthly. This is a data point every health promotion program needs to monitor with diligence because it often translates into skipping meals or eating poorly balanced meals.
Even if there is a food pantry that stands ready to help, it is not guaranteed that parents or caretakers will have the logistical capacity to pick up the groceries. Communities across New Mexico are struggling with lack of transportation. Meanwhile, businesses throw away about 40 percent of their food due to spoilage or because it didn’t look appetizing.
Teen Eric and his siblings know that by the end of every month, meals will be scarce. It’s here we need the innovative thinking of the entire food industry.
Innovation Can Solve Long-standing Problems
Innovations focus on logistical solutions and using tech to track both need and meeting the demand. We can look to private/public partnerships to create a system of healthy food distribution where nothing is wasted, and hunger is history.
Learn More in The 100% COMMUNITY COURSE
A 100% Community is one where all our families and county residents get the support they need to be trauma-free and thrive. In our 100% Community Course local leaders are learning how to address gaps in ten vital family services. Course graduates work in action teams through the 100% Community initiative to design, implement and evaluate innovations shown to increase the quality and quantity of services.
Participants in the 100% Community course choose which of the 10 family services areas – 5 “Survival Services” and 5 “Thriving Services” they wish to focus on.
100% COMMUNITY COURSE IS ACTION-FOCUSED
The course is designed to support county stakeholders in developing projects in ten inter-connected service sectors.
Participants in the 100% Community course focus on the one family service area they are most passionate about (one of 10 family service areas – 5 “Survival Services” and 5 “Thriving Services”).
When you enroll in the 100% Community course, you will be working to improve one sector as part of an action team. Each innovation area has short and long-term projects to develop, all with the support of the course instructors. All projects focus on supporting local communities and agencies in strengthening services to meet the needs of residents.
READ 100% COMMUNITY
The course textbook 100% Community by Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello guide the development of the 10 innovations listed here. It acts as a blueprint for implementing evidence-informed innovations at a county level across a state.
IT STARTS WITH YOU
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