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Food Security

Brown County WNEP Food Security Research

The Brown County WNEP is committed to making our community more food secure. The USDA defines "food security" as: "When all people at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient food to meet their dietary needs for a productive and healthy life." To create a food secure community, we need to increase the availability of food assistance programs that enhance dignity, self-sufficiency, choice and access to food through normal channels, such as farmers markets and grocers.

The following documents provide an in depth look at food security in our community and what we can do to help those that are food insecure become more food secure:

Brown County Food Pantry Usage Trends

Brown County Food Pantry Usage Trends - Usage trends and data of Brown County food pantries for several years.

Brown County Food & Hunger Network

The Brown County Food & Hunger Network is a group of network volunteers and community partners working together to develop innovative approaches to address hunger and food insecurity.

View theBrown County Food & Hunger Network Brochure to learn more on how to donate to pantries, receive food assistance from a local pantry or get involved in addressing the food security needs of Brown County.

How to Submit Food Pantry Data:

Use this link to submit your food pantry statistics online or

Download the Food Pantry Data Sheet.

Finding Help: Food Pantries & Local Resources

2009 Food Resources and Nutrition Assistance Programs - This document lists local food resources and nutrition assistance programs to individuals in need of food assistance. It also benefits growers interested in potential outlets to market or donate local foods.

Brown County Food & Hunger Network Brochure - This document includes a list of Brown County food pantries, information on how to apply for a Food Share and a list of Food & Hunger Network Participants.

Homelessness & Hunger Services - This document provides a list of resources designed to help schools assist families dealing with economic hardship.

Interactive Tools & Databases

American Fact Finder - U.S. Census Bureau - An interactive tool that allows you to perform custom queries on U.S. Census Bureau data. Select the geographic region and economic indicators you want to study to learn more about economic and food security trends at the local, state and national level.

Feeding America Map the Meal Gap - An interactive tool that shows food insecurity levels by state and county.

Food Security Websites

The following websites and documents can help us understand food security and teach us ways to help our community as a whole become more food secure.

Brown County Living Wage Calculator - Find out the calculated costs for single individuals and families to live in Brown County.

Ending Hunger in Wisconsin Action Plan - Full length document by The Wisconsin Food Security Consortium.

Ending Hunger in Wisconsin Executive Summary - The Wisconsin Food Security Consortium's summary of their action plan to help end hunger in the state.

Food Hardship: A Closer Look at Hunger (2010 Report) - A look at food security at the county and local level using data collected by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project.

Food Insecurity and Hunger in the United States - A national report on food insecurity and hunger.

Food Research and Action Center Food Hardship Studies - The Food Research and Action Center provides indicators on food hardship, which measures whether a family has been unable to purchase food necessities within the last 12 months due to a lack of financial resources.

FRAC Hunger and Obesity Research - The Food Research and Action Center shows the link between the hunger and obesity.

WNEP State Specialist - Numerous links and resources on food security and hunger from the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program's state specialist.

USDA Annual Report on Food Security in the U.S. - The USDA's Economic Research Service provides national and state statistics on food security based on annual food security data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau as a supplement to the Current Population Survey.



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