Improving Food Security and Population Health for Vulnerable Families

Project Name: Improving Food Security and Population Health for Vulnerable Families through Improved Operational Processes for Food Banks and Food Pantries

Literature Review and editorial assistance by Olivia Incardona, University of Illinois School of Social Work BSW Honors student. This commentary was reviewed and edited for publication in Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development for their Spring Edition 2018.

Organizations

The University of Illinois School of Social Work

The gitm Foundation

Abstract

How has the lack of collaboration among community food programs (CFPs) negatively impacted the resources and service offered to food insecure families? This commentary examines this question through the review of challenges facing CFPs and what can possibly be done to improve both effectiveness and efficiency within and between CFPs. By delving into these challenges, we track the fracturing of relationships between the CFPs, the lack of process management, and the opportunities missed by adhering to out dated practice models.  We conclude with concrete solutions to improve the operational processes for CFPs and offer a new way to collaborate in order to report meaningful impacts to the community and their struggles with food insecurity.  

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