PART 3: How grassroots partnerships are working toward long-term food security

Dotted across the country, community-sized, grassroots programs have cropped up to address daily hunger and long-term food insecurity. They’re not one-size-fits-all, but they offer postures as well as paradigms:

  • A job skills program that begins with a sack lunch and ends with employment for residents of extended-stays in Branson.

  • A “community food resource center” in Indiana that blends meals, workshops and advocacy (along with a book club that feeds the belly and the brain).

  • Small corner stores in Kansas City where, as if overnight, fruits and vegetables appear near shelves stocked with chips and candy.

PHOTO COURTESY OF MOTHER HUBBARD’S CUPBOARD

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PART 2: From farm to someone else’s table: People who work along Missouri’s food chain are food insecure, too

A family’s ability to keep nutrient-packed food in the fridge month to month is easily compromised when margins (of time, money, community, etc.) are thin. Across Missouri and the country, that lack of margin is so common among people who work in low-wage jobs that even those employed along the food chain — those who pick, pack, cook and serve food for other people — sometimes struggle to keep enough on their own tables. PHOTO CREDIT: Liv Paggiarino/Missourian

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PART 1: ‘It truly can be any one of us’: Missourians are food insecure all over the state

Although state food insecurity rates have dipped below recession-level highs in the past few years, they haven’t returned to numbers from the mid-’90s, when the government began collecting this data. According to most recent estimates, about 13% of Missouri households are food insecure. PHOTO CREDIT: Jordan Kodner/Missourian


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