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Community Food Security Nutrition Planning. Coordinated by Healthy Acadia, Healthy Peninsula, Bucksport Bay Healthy Communities, Maine Seacoast Mission . Community Food Security Nutrition Planning. Overview of what we know about local families and food security .

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Community Food Security Nutrition Planning

Coordinated by Healthy Acadia, Healthy Peninsula, Bucksport Bay Healthy Communities, Maine Seacoast Mission


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Community Food Security Nutrition Planning

  • Overview of what we know about local families and food security


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Community Food Security Nutrition Planning

  • Overview of what we know about local families and food security

  • Process for food security and nutrition planning in our communities


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Community Food Security Nutrition Planning

  • Overview of what we know about local families and food security

  • Process for food security and nutrition planning in our communities

  • Examples of what other communities have done to improve nutrition and food security


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Research Findings

Purpose:to better understand the food and nutrition needs of people in our region.

Method:

Five food pantries

71 food pantry clients

Review of demographic data and literature

Findings…


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Research Findings

Demographics and literature told us:

  • Approximately half of Hancock County families do not earn a “livable wage”


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Poverty vs. Living Wage

Livable Wage ≥ $46,030

Federal Poverty Level ≤$18,850

difference = $27,180

The number of families below the federal poverty level is not a reliable indicator of food security.


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Research Findings

Demographics and literature told us:

  • Food assistance does not equal food security.

    Food security includes at a minimum:

  • the ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods.

  • assured ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways


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Research Findings

Demographics and literature told us:

Poverty exists throughout

Hancock County including

coastal communities


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Research Findings

Demographics and literature told us:

  • Food stamp participation rates have increased dramatically in Hancock County


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Research Findings

Demographics and literature told us:

  • Food stamp participation rates have increased dramatically in Hancock County

  • Food pantries are reporting a trend of increased numbers of clients


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Research Findings

Demographics and literature told us:

  • Women are the primary food “gatekeepers” in families.


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Food Pantry Client Interviews

Food insecurity is an issue in our communities.

  • 73% “often” or “sometimes” worry whether their food will run out before they get money to buy more.


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Food Pantry Client Interviews

Food insecurity is an issue in our communities.

  • 73% “often” or “sometimes” worry whether their food will run out before they get money to buy more.

  • 69% have to make choices between spending money on food and spending money on other needs.


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Food Pantry Client Interviews

The food stamp program doesn’t meet all of the local food needs.

  • 46% participate in the food stamp program.

  • Many people are either ineligible or don’t think they are eligible.


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Food Pantry Client Interviews

The majority want to eat fruit and vegetables.

  • 65% eat fruit and/or vegetables daily

  • 50% would like to eat fruit/vegetables more often

    For those who would like to eat more,

    Money and Access are the major barriers


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Food Pantry Client Interviews

Food pantry clients work hard to provide food for their families

  • low-budget retail stores

  • food stamps

  • grocery stores

  • WIC

  • food pantries

  • Senior Farm Share

  • home gardens

  • and more.


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Food Pantry Client Interviews

Many people feel that they already know a lot about food preparation

  • 76% said they do not want to learn more about how to cook or prepare food

  • 90% said that either they or a family member prepare meals daily for the household


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Food Pantry Client Interviews

Most people have the cooking equipment that they need.

  • 85% said that they have all of the kitchen utensils and equipment that they need to prepare food.


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RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Explore ways to make fruit, vegetables, and other healthy foods more accessible to low-income populations.


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RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Explore ways to make fruit, vegetables, and other healthy foods more accessible to low-income populations.

  • Nutrition programming should validate and honor participants’ current knowledge about food and nutrition.


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RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Explore ways to make fruit, vegetables, and other healthy foods more accessible to low-income populations.

  • Nutrition programming should validate and honor participants’ current knowledge about food and nutrition

  • Take a “food systems” perspective: Shape your local food system - from grower to consumer - to make it serve your communities needs.


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“Food for Thought, Food for Action”

Published by Healthy Acadia and Healthy Peninsula in 2006.

Contact Heather Albert-Knopp for more information. 359-2157

Email: [email protected]


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Community Food Security and Nutrition Planning

Purpose:

To develop community-based strategies that help people choose and access healthy foods.


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Creating a Plan for Action:Community Food Security and Nutrition

Assets Issues Strategies Collaborators

The Individuals, Associations and Institutions that allow and encourage people to choose and access healthy foods.

Your list of assets might include:

Businesses, Hospitals, Churches, School Lunch Programs, Libraries, Colleges, Clubs, Skills of Individuals, Food Pantries, Farmers, Co-ops,


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Creating a Plan for Action: Community Food Security and Nutrition

Assets Issues Strategies Collaborators

The challenges and barriers that keep people from choosing and accessing healthy foods…. What are they?

The issues you wish to address may include:

diet-related health concerns, isolated elderly people, lack of knowledge about local food resources, etc.


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Creating a Plan for Action: Community Food Security and Nutrition

Assets Issues Strategies Collaborators

Strategies you develop will be unique to your community’s assets and needs. Strategies might include:

A new food distribution system, connecting senior citizens with a community garden, or raising money for food storage or processing equipment.

What can be done to improve nutrition education and healthy food access in your community?


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Creating a Plan for Action: Community Food Security and Nutrition

Assets Issues Strategies Collaborators

Who will implement the strategies?

Collaborators are the organizations and/or individuals in your community who will help take this plan from vision to reality.



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Community & School Gardens

  • Grow fresh produce

  • Personal and communal function

  • Educational opportunities

  • Community mobilization

    Community Example:

    COA community garden


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Farmers’ Markets

  • Alternative food supply

  • Accessible source of fresh products

  • Support farmers

  • Community space

    Community Example:

    Winter Harbor Farmers’ Market


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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

  • Purchase share of farm’s harvest

  • Learn about seasonal growing

  • Know your farmer

  • Build community

  • Pricing options

    Community Example:

    Mandala Farm CSA shares


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Farm to Cafeteria & Youth Programs

  • Link farms with community institutions

  • Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables

  • Educational resource

    Community Example:

    Hancock County Farm to School


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Transportation Services

  • Increase food accessibility

    • Bring customers to stores

    • Bring food to stores

    • Bring food to individuals

      Community Example:

      Island Connections


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Food Buying Cooperatives

  • Member owned and operated

  • Reduce cost of food

  • Support local farmers

  • Create community

    Community Example:

    Blue Hill Food Co-op

Courtesy of METRO, John Steinhorst


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Food Recovery & Gleaning

  • Collection of edible but un-sellable food

  • Good use of already existing food sources


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Community Kitchens

  • Community cooperation

  • Prepared food made at reduced cost and time

  • Economic development

    Community Example:

    Healthy Life Café

Courtesy of METRO, John Steinhorst


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Social Marketing

  • Advertisement of food products to encourage healthy eating

    • Sampling stations

    • Store displays

    • Food packaging

    • Educational booths

  • Support of local farmers and producers


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Land Use Planning & Public Food Policy

  • Remove structural barriers to accessing healthy foods

  • Create policies that support increasing availability of healthy foods


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Community Food Assessment

  • Participatory, collaborative process

  • Identify food resources and challenges

  • Develop community specific strategies



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