Kansas Hunger Atlas now available
The Kansas Hunger Atlas is now available for download at www.kacap.org. This project represents an effort to document, at the county level, the depth of food insecurity and hunger and related community characteristics, and to provide community partners in the fight against hunger the tools and information that will help them to most effectively develop and implement community-level interventions. It is our hope that this document will spur many to action, and will help to provide a road map toward eliminating food insecurity and hunger in our state.
KACAP Executive Director Tawny Stottlemire; Barb LaClair, contributing author to the Atlas; and Wynne Dillon from the Board of Directors for Harvesters commented on the urgency of this type of research, "In 2013, hunger can be an entirely preventable problem. No man, woman or child who calls themselves a Kansan should also be able to call themselves a victim of hunger caused by food insecurity."
The costs and consequences of food insecurity are multifaceted and severe. By one estimate, economic costs related to hunger and food insecurity in Kansas exceeded $1.6 billion in 2010. In Kansas 1 in 7 families struggles to get enough food. More than one in five children lives in a home where there is uncertainty about how everyone will be fed. The majority of the Atlas comprises Kansas County Profiles, along with maps and policy narratives detailing ways to address hunger at the local level.
Hunger and related poverty issues facing our state will be priority topics for those seeking Power Over Poverty at the 2013 Kansas Conference on Poverty, July 17 to 19. It's up to each of us to make a difference.
KACAP is the statewide membership association for Community Action Agencies in Kansas. The group provides training and technical assistance to enhance the capacity of our members; advocates for public policies that strengthen communities and focus on eliminating poverty; and serves as a liaison between local community action agencies and the broader, anti-poverty network.
For more information on the 2012 Kansas Hunger Atlas, the Conference on Poverty, or the Kansas Association of Community Action Programs, contact Jesyca Rodenberg, Communications & Outreach director, at 785-234-0878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.