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CGR Completes Study of Food Insecurity in Northwest Arkansas
Project identifies barriers to and ways to strengthen the charitable food system
CGR analyzed national and local demographic and socioeconomic data on food insecurity and related indicators; inventoried and surveyed local charitable food providers; partnered with the Center for Collaborative care, an Arkansas-based organization, to conduct 24 focus groups with charitable food providers and people experiencing food insecurity; and created an online interactive map displaying the location and characteristics of food resources in the context of geographic socioeconomic data.
Challenges within the charitable food network identified by the study include providing a variety of healthy, fresh food on a regular basis, individuals accessing charitable food resources during non-work hours, and the availability of transportation to charitable food resources. The project also identifies community-generated ideas for addressing food insecurity and strengthening the charitable food network in NW Arkansas.
The report can be found here (http://reports.cgr.org/
"Relieving hunger and connecting people to healthier food is one of our top priorities. CGR's report and interactive map is serving as an important tool and catalyst to jumpstart and inform regional planning, cross-sector collaboration and investments among local stakeholders including community leaders, funders and providers concerned about addressing the long term food security needs in our community," said Erin Hogue of the Walmart Foundation.
"CGR is pleased to have had the opportunity to leverage its expertise in community indicators, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and online mapping in the realm of food insecurity,"
Founded in 1915, CGR is an independent, nonprofit management consulting organization delivering expertise in government and education, economics and public finance, health and human services, and nonprofits and communities. Our mission is to improve the quality of communities through impactful research, analysis, consultation and data management for the public, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations that serve them. To learn more, visit www.cgr.org.
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