What are the positive factors that are contributing to you reaching your desired result?
- Schools: When schools are open they provide food to kids for breakfast and lunch. In the summer, all kids can pick up lunch and sometimes even breakfast.
- Access to food pantries in the county: Compassion, Northside Care Center, Salvation Army, etc.
- Churches and schools: provide backpacks for weekends and holidays.
- Public assistance: SNAP and WIC provide food for low-income families.
What are the negative factors that are restricting you from reaching your desired result?
- COVID-19: Loss of employment for families leading to loss of income.
- Citizenship: fear of signing up for public assistance and reaching out for help
- Transportation: ability to pick-up food at schools during virtual learning
- Rural county schools: small group of students, not offering school lunch supports remotely.
- Food deserts: places in rural areas where you can't walk to food.
- Locations where SNAP is accepted
- Lack of resources to purchase food.
What populations are the most disadvantaged and what causes these disparities?
- Rural communities: food deserts
- Non-english speaking
- Low socioeconomic status-less funds, make choices between necessities
- Grandparents raising grandchildren: lack of knowledge of eligible services to assist families
Are there foreseeable factors that will affect your work over the next few months to a year?
- COVID-19: Continued job losses and uncertainty
- Election year: potential change in administration
- How many children will attend school in person this year?
What additional research is needed to better understand the factors that influence the slope of the curve and related disparities?
- Correlation between eligibility for free and reduced lunches and food insecurity
- How many kids access free and reduced lunches out of thos who qualify?
- How does COVID effect rates of eligibility next year?
- How has being away from healthy meals at school effected child health?