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Wednesday, April 22 • 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Assessing Local Interventions in Food Insecurity

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Previous research has confirmed that access to healthful foods is most limited among racial minorities and low-income populations, and that these same populations experience the highest rates of food insecurity. This investigation focuses on potential solutions, using a case study approach to document efforts that are already underway in Asheville to address food access. Specifically, this study examines two local mobile market initiatives. Bounty and Soul is a non-profit based in Black Mountain that currently provides local produce at several market locations, and has plans to bring their produce directly into low-income areas via a food truck. The Healthy Living Program at the YMCA recently launched the Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen (HLMK), an initiative that began as an extension of the YMCA’s food pantry with the goal of reaching communities that lack access to a YMCA facility. Drawing on participant observation, interviews, and review of organizational materials, the successes and challenges of these two food access interventions are compared. Findings suggest that although large quantities of food are being distributed in the local community, better funding and more staff may be necessary to make a lasting impact that goes beyond service provision and toward structural change.

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Wednesday April 22, 2015 1:00pm - 1:20pm
033 Karpen Hall

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