You Dont Know, What You Dont Know A Journey toward Food Security

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Our Journey Lakeshore Local Food Network Food for Tomorrow Report – December 2010 Sheboygan County Food System Analysis, Building Capacity and Scaling Efforts – Spring 2015 Food for Tomorrow Report – August 2015

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You Dont Know, What You Dont Know A Journey toward Food Security A Little About Us, A Little About You Name Organization & Where What are you hoping to learn? You Dont Know, What You Dont Know Our Journey Lakeshore Local Food Network Food for Tomorrow Report December 2010 Sheboygan County Food System Analysis, Building Capacity and Scaling Efforts Spring 2015 Food for Tomorrow Report August 2015 Lakeshore Local Food Network Mission: To educate, support and empower our community around local food. Vision: We envision thriving local communities growing & distributing safe, nutritious, locally produced foods that foster healthy communities, environments and economies. Lakeshore Local Food Network Cont. City of Sheboygan River Basin Local Food Hub Grant Application (2009 2011) Community Interest Meeting Dec People who have a passion for something and interact to do better. Share Information Build Knowledge Solve Problems Lakeshore Local Food Network Cont. Initial Meetings Discussed three areas: Farm/Producer Table/Market Process/Distribution Consensus was, What are the NEEDS and issues in the local food system for the Lakeshore region? and create a survey. Conducted a survey Fall surveys sent, 28 returned, 18% return rate Food organizations, farmers, grocery stores, government officials, schools, hospitals, child care, large employers Sample Question Q5: To positively influence the interest in local foods in Sheboygan County we should: Create community events that promote locally grown food 1 Not like to have a positive impact 2 Likely to have a minimal impact 3 Likely to have a moderate impact 4 Likely to have a significant impact # Responses Sample Question Q5 Cont. How would creating community events that promote locally grown foods improve our local foods movement? Comments (Example): In order to have a significant impact, we have to make the eat local campaign as common a part of culture as possible. The more people hear about it in their lives, the more it will slowly become the new norm in our community. What Learned Coordinator to organize meetings, set up the agenda, take notes/minutes and manage communication process keeps the momentum going Facilitator to aid group interaction in meetings Members we have allowed self selection with a core group, who regularly attend Recognize everyone has separate interests Use as a format to diminish silos & open communication Use as a tool to figure out how we can actually help one another Develop an meeting schedule for a calendar year Other Ideas Where We Were Where We Are 2012 Developed neighborhood garden Individual organizations used survey information in developing programs Three focus areas: Farm/Producer Table/Market Process/Distribution How to get local foods to our communities Identify markets & distribution 2015 Moving forward focusing on three areas: Food Access Food Economy Food Education Access, Economy & Education Food Access People know where to go to meet food needs Services are easy to access System is integrated & coordinated Offers healthy, fresh food that is affordable and know how to prepare Food Economy Interrelationship between production, distribution & consumption as well as planning & policies re: local or regional food system with a focus on farm & farm related industries e.g. farm to table, farm to school, etc. Access, Economy & Education Cont. Food Education Educational strategies, accompanied by environmental supports, to facilitate voluntary adoption of food choices and food-nutrition related behaviors conducive to well-being May be provided to an individual, group or household e.g. how to make quick, easy & nutritious meals, how to garden, how to freeze or can fresh produce Food education may also provide information to the community about food insecurity, effects of poverty or homelessness, information on what to donate to pantries, etc. United Way of Sheboygan County United Way strives to build a stronger & healthier Sheboygan County through effectively facilitating community resources, convening broad dialogue & focusing on the areas of highest need. Food for Tomorrow (United Way of Sheboygan County) Background Information January 2009 As One Unemployment Task Force organized to proactively begin to address needs of unemployed/underemployed Silver Lake College Report Sheboygan County Food Bank Identified Needs Develop relationships with businesses Develop resources to enhance corporate and public knowledge Establish a volunteer network Coordinate the logistics of food delivery Create a contact list of businesses/organizations that could provide assistance Last Quarter 2009 United Way convened a meeting of representatives from FDL, Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties Consensus People are in need of food Food supplies from local resources are available The system can be improved to get food to people Food for Tomorrow December 2010 Final Report Secondary Data Survey of Pantries Onsite Visits to Pantries Compilation of Current & Potential Food Suppliers Meeting with Major Food Suppliers Meetings with Other Food Providers/Programs Learning from Others Recommendations Summer Meal Program Nourish Snack Attack Sheboygan County Food Bank Staffing Pilot Backpack Program Farmers Market EBT Other Lessons Learned Offered donors options Provided funding to support and develop programs Offered in-kind support Options and implementation could be tailored to individual counties Other Sheboygan County Food System Analysis & Food for Tomorrow 2015 Reports University of Wisconsin Milwaukee United Way of Sheboygan County Sheboygan County Food System Analysis (UW-Milwaukee Team of Graduate Students, Spring 2015) Examine food security in Sheboygan County & explore ways to improve accessibility to healthy food for every resident Components Demographic Profile Local Food Economy Food Policy Analysis Food System Balance Sheet Case Studies Food Resource Directory Process Community Meeting Report Secondary Data and Research Demographic Profile age distribution, income distribution & households receiving SNAP, lacking access to a vehicle, living below poverty Case Studies LaCrosse County, Waushara County, State of Oregon & Belo Horizonte, Brazil Policy Analysis regulations, preservation plans, health codes, transportation networks, school system policies, etc. Food Economy county agricultural resources and food processing & manufacturing resources Recommendations Create a steering committee to lead and guide food system efforts (A vested formal body of stakeholders can establish a vision for itself to better align efforts & activities.) Participate in the Wisconsin Hunger & Homelessness Summit Develop a mobile food pantry or mobile farmers market Recommendations Continued Institute a streamlined permitting process for food operations Enhance access to alternative transportation Promote local food procurement in city and county institutions Maintain existing food education & expand outreach strategies to strengthen consumer education for children & families Food for Tomorrow - August 2015 (Sheboygan County Food Bank, Lakeshore Local Food Network, UW- Extension Sheboygan and United Way) Update to the December 2010 Food for Tomorrow report as the food landscape has changed, there is a growing interest in the local food system and how aspects of the food system can be improved in Sheboygan County. An investment in addressing hunger/food security is humanitarian and a good business decision. Process Background information & definitions (e.g. food security, food bank, food pantry) Secondary data update and comparison of data Living Wage Information & Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) Survey of sample of pantry consumers (usage/reliance, income and sources of income, household composition, self-reported food security status, reasons people do not have enough to eat, foods you would like to see at the pantry, etc.) Food Pantry services, hours of operation, households served, etc. Recommendations Establish a Sheboygan County Food System Steering Committee & Identify and Fund a Backbone Organization Staff Position (Collective Impact) Food Storage & Distribution Center ( dry, refrigeration & freezer storage) Capacity to participate in food recovery & gleaning Centrally located pantry in City of Sheboygan Mobile pantry Consider co-location of storage/distribution with pantry Recommendations Continued Included in the recommendation for the centrally located pantry/storage & distribution center is: Consider offering a meal or community restaurant component Providing an opportunity for pantry consumers to volunteer Serve as a job training site Offer information/linkages to other community resources/assistance (FoodShare, health care, tax preparation, educational and nutritional classes, etc.) Process Community Report Out Lakeshore Local Food Network, UW-Milwaukee & United Way hosted Report Information Shared with attendees Small Group Break Out Sessions ( Access, Economy & Education) Prioritize at least 3 of the recommendations Brainstorm next steps Small Group Discussion Summary Small Group Feedback Access Food pantry access issues for elderly & those with disabilities Pantry volunteer workforce is aging Improve data collection Clearinghouse Central Pantry Empower vs. Enable Economy Expand local production of fruits & vegetables Co-locate farmers market & food pantry Distribution model to support local farmers Small Group Feedback Cont. Education What are the existing food education programs/efforts? Community Kitchen Tie message to various audiences (repeat the message school, employers, stores, etc.) Determine outreach and measurement Work together more effectively Lessons Learned Benefits of partnering with other organizations Use existing, available data Do not reinvent the wheel use existing s