“End Child Hunger in Alabama” Provides County-by-County Food Guide Resources
With the help of five members of the institute’s team, nearly 100 community volunteers and more than 2,500 hours of commitment, the food guide on aub.ie/foodguides now has a database available to it. statewide of nearly 7,000 food resources.
The National Access to Food and COVID Research Team – a group of researchers studying the impact of COVID-19 on access to food, food security and food systems – reports that the pandemic has created an increase in food insecurity from 25% to 38%.
The food guide provides information on food resources through an interactive map of Alabama counties, which are clickable to access the food resource listings in each county. Statewide volunteers and community partners maintain and update the map regularly.
Residents of each county used the web map, with Lauderdale, St. Clair and Marengo counties with the most pageviews. Since spring 2020, more than 10,000 people have been reached on ECHA’s social networks regarding the food guide.
The Hunger Solutions Institute launched End Child Hunger in Alabama, his first initiative, in 2013 as part of a statewide effort to relocate Alabama in the top 25% nationally for child food security.
Food security is defined as reliable access to a sufficient quantity of nutritious and affordable food. Food insecurity is not having that access. In Alabama, one in four children is food insecure and one in four households is food insecure, which means that 17% of the population does not receive enough food.
In the first five years of ECHA, the rate of child food insecurity Alabama fell nearly 4%, according to Alabama Possible, a state-wide nonprofit that is breaking down barriers to prosperity in Alabama through education, collaboration and advocacy.
The ECHA County Food Guide is an extension of ECHA’s mission, especially under current circumstances that can hamper a family’s ability to find nutritious and affordable food. Since the creation of ECHA, Alabama Govt. Kay ivey was one of its strongest supporters. She continues to follow the work of Auburn Hunger Solutions Institute and progress made by ECHA for Alabamians.
“The current health crisis continues to wreak havoc on the families of Alabama and around the world. Unfortunately, the impacts of this virus are reaching our youngest citizens, and for some it could mean worrying about their next meal, ”Ivey said. “As a long-time advocate of End Child Hunger in Alabama, I am proud to see a comprehensive new tool that will greatly help those who need it most, especially as the COVID-19 situation evolves. “
Alicia Powers, CEO of the Hunger Solutions Institute, echoed Ivy’s advocacy to end child hunger.
“ECHA’s partner organizations are working diligently to ensure that every child Alabama has access to nutritious food, ”said Powers. “In the case of COVID-19, access must include not only the physical presence of a food resource, but also informing the public about the most recent operating procedures for food. Resources. The Hunger Solutions Institute is pleased to coordinate and maintain ECHA’s County Food Guide Supporting Alabamians as we all continue to manage the impact of COVID-19. “
ECHA’s network now includes over 50 key state leaders and has supported success stories involving child nutrition programs, state legislation, public campaigns and many other initiatives.
The End Child Hunger in Alabama County Food Guide was one of seven previously recognized programs Auburn home football games this season.
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