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The Future of Food Security in Stark County

County Assessment and Strategic Framework for Change

Stark Community Foundation is leading the effort to address food insecurity in Stark County by conducting an analysis of current food security efforts and ultimately to create a framework for addressing food security that mixes healthy food access, community education and economic development.

As defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food insecurity is "a measure of a lack of regular access to enough food for an active healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods." In Stark County, 15.3% of the population (57,730 people) and 23.8% of children (20,650) are considered "food insecure," according to 2015 figures.

In December 2013, Stark Community Foundation commissioned a study about food insecurity in Stark County in order to gain a deeper understanding of the role of food in developing a secure, healthy and economically vital community. The Future of Food Security in Stark County: County Assessment and Strategic Framework for Change was released publicly in January 2015. This report is a culmination of research that was conducted throughout the last year by Stark Community Foundation, examining hunger issues as well as identifying resources and opportunities in order to feed those in Stark County.

This report is a culmination of research that was conducted throughout the last year by Stark Community Foundation, examining hunger issues as well as identifying resources and opportunities in order to feed those in Stark County.

Summary: Link
Full report: Link
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SCF made a commitment to provide planning and implementation grants to organizations that are finding long-term solutions to hunger. The initial round of grants were announced in August 2015, and the second round of funding was announced in September 2016. SCF, in collaboration with The Paul & Carol David Foundation and Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, have awarded nearly $500,000 in grants to local organizations that are working to ensure food security in the county.

2017 Funding Opportunity

Future of Food Security RFP: Link

First Round of Funding

Second Round of Funding

As part of the second round of food security funding, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and Walsh University received planning grants. Implementation grants were awarded to Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and Pegasus Farm.

Planning Grants

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
The Foodbank is looking to open a Stark County Food Security Hub in order to explore hunger relief, local food efforts and healthcare, educational and institutional initiatives. This hub will also provide an alternative pick-up destination and help alleviate major transportation issues for area pantries. These funds will allow the Foodbank to identify collaborative partners, assess facility needs and develop a case for support.

Walsh University
Walsh University will identify its capacity and create a blueprint for establishing itself as a Food Security Resource Center for the region. Specifically, Walsh will examine its infrastructure, assess capabilities, identify challenges and develop a plan to move forward.

Implementation Grants

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
After a year of conversations about how to improve food security in Stark County, both Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and Community Harvest have come to believe that greater expansion can occur and more meals can be provided if the collective work of the organizations is merged. This implementation grant will support the merger, specifically in four areas: legal, integration, operating and marketing.

Pegasus Farm
Pegasus Farm will expand its current garden operation and add a five-acre edible garden, as well as expand its compost operation and add a community education element. The community education program will focus on nutrition, cooking and growing.

One-year planning grants were awarded up to a maximum of $15,000 per project. Implementation grants were awarded over a one-to-three year time period with a maximum award of $100,000 per project.

Other helpful links:

http://www.neofoodweb.org/resources

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