Gaps and Needs
Hunger In America, Washtenaw County: Report detailing characteristics of food bank clients and food banks. (Food Gatherers and Feeding America, 2014)
Map the Meal Gap: Data available on overall food insecurity rates, child food insecurity rates, SNAP eligibility, average cost of a meal, funds required to meet food needs. National, state, and county level. (Feeding America, 2014)
Hunger Facts: Some key hunger facts. (Food Gatherers)
Food Insecurity in Washtenaw County: Presentation about hunger facts, food access, maps, and federal food policy information.
Ypsilanti Food Access Study: Survey to better understand Ypsilanti residents' perceived access to quality produce and food stores. (Food Gatherers, 2017)
SNAP Application Experience Project: Investigation of barriers to accessing SNAP benefits (food stamps) locally and recommendations for improvements. (Washtenaw Food Policy Council & Food Gatherers, 2018)
Solutions and Best Practices
Advocating Against Hunger: National public policy goals and steps to advocae for hunger relief. (Feeding America)
Feeding America Network: Description of the national network of food banks and how they work to address food insecurity (Feeding America)
Food Research and Action Center: Public policy group dedicated to addressing food insecurity.
USDA-Food Security: Variety of food security tools and resources.
Local Blueprints for Change
Food Security Plan: Plan and recent update addressing food insecurity in Washtenaw County (Food Gatherers, 2009 & 2015)
Tools and Resources
Community Dashboard: A dashboard on Washtenaw County's current nutrition community conditions and our funded program's outcome achievement.
Find a Food Pantry: Easy search tool to find a food pantry or meal nearest to you. Information provided on searchable map or in list form. (Food Gatherers)
Summer Food Program: Meet Up & Eat Up provides meals to kids and some other populations during the summer. See locations and hours. (Food Gatherers)
Food Budgeting: Great tips and information for stretching a household's food budget. (MSU Extension)
Food Assistance Calculator: Online calculator to help users determine if they are eligible for food assistance (food stamps) and an estimate of the benefit amount. Also includes information about how to apply. (Michigan Legal Help)
Help Applying for Food Assistance: Flyer (in English, Spanish and Arabic) with checklist of what to bring and where to go to apply for food assistance.
Washtenaw Farmer's Markets: List of Farmer's Markets in Washtenaw County, how to shop, and how to use Food Assistance benefits.
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