Measuring Food Security In Jackson

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Measuring Food Security In Jackson

  1. 1. Measuring Food Security in Jackson Phil Tocco Extension Educator MSUE-Jackson County
  2. 2. Why Measure Food Security?
  3. 3. What is a Food Security Survey? • An assessment of need within a community • Fairly quantitative and repeatable • Highly configurable based on research goals
  4. 4. Developing the Survey • Begin with the end in mind • Seek input from a diverse stakeholder group • Craft a basic survey instrument • Pilot and revise survey as necessary • Collect and analyze data
  5. 5. Components of the Survey? • Demographic and Socioeconomic profile • Community food resource profile • Household food security assessment • Assessment of food resource accessibility • Food availability and affordability assessment • Community food production resources assessment
  6. 6. Demographic Profile • Helps to describe what the community looks like. • Parameters can include: – Age, Race – Employment • Poverty status Photo Credit Getty Images – Income
  7. 7. Food Resource Profile • Determines the adequacy of community resources. • Are food assistance programs available? • Is the community participating? • Are emergency resources available?
  8. 8. Household Food Security Assessment • Main driver is to determine if household food security is a direct personal problem. • Key assessment indicators: – Perceptions of inadequacy. – food budget anxiety. – reports of reduced food intake or consequences.
  9. 9. Food Resource Accessibility • Assesses physical access to food. • Do grocery stores exist in the neighborhood? • What barriers to access exist? • Is transportation adequate?
  10. 10. Food Availability and Affordability • Is there a variety of food available in local stores? • Is the food affordable? • Can include a survey of local grocery stores. Photo Credit Getty Images
  11. 11. Community Food Production Resources • Assesses the community capacity for local production and low income access. • Indicators include: – Community gardens – Local food purchases by institutions and schools – Value added production or food processing
  12. 12. Partnership Park Demographics • 20 square blocks adjacent to downtown. • 85% renter occupied • Median household income is $15,966 • More racially diverse than rest of city
  13. 13. Branded Neighborhood • Gateway sign and street banners. • Historic street lighting. • Monthly neighborhood stakeholder meetings. • Annual neighborhood events.
  14. 14. Community Activism Around Food Security • Active community garden group in neighborhood. • MSUE, Faith-based collaborations to educate gardeners. • Emphasis on hand-up Photo Credit Citizen Patriot
  15. 15. Other Neighborhood Investments • $12 million in Public/Private investments. • 24 rehabs. • 16 new urban in-fills. • Significant sidewalk repairs (191 squares).
  16. 16. Research Methods • Developed and validated food security instrument. • 19 households randomly picked from each subject area. • Data subjected to simple T-test to determine significance of differences among populations.
  17. 17. Home Ownership Rates
  18. 18. Hungry because they couldn’t afford food
  19. 19. Lost weight because they couldn’t afford food
  20. 20. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Usage SNA Program Partnership Park Adjacent area Occurrences Occurrences WIC 7 9 Free/Reduced 3 7 School Lunch Project Fresh 0 1 Meals on Wheels 1 0 Food Pantries 10 7 Interfaith Shelter 3 2 Bridge Card/Food 16 12 Stamps Community Garden 5 0
  21. 21. Key Takeaways • Begin with the end in mind • Develop stakeholder group • Remember the data are the starting point Photo Credit Getty Images

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