Purpose: To mobilize the community to research, identify, implement, and promote long-term sustainable solutions to the problem of hunger in Hancock County.
The goal of the Halt Hunger Initiative will be as follows:
Support local food program providers in their efforts to provide nutritious food to individuals and families in need of food assistance.
- Seek non-traditional sources of funding and support to supplement and expand current efforts by local food program providers.
- Develop strategies to optimize food acquisition and distribution to assure all those in need have access to food assistance programs.
- Expand and promote food assistance programs such as Feed-A-Child, CHOPIN Hall, Hancock County Christian Clearing House, Associated Charities, Salvation Army and the mobile food pantries.
- Coordinate collaboration and information sharing among food program providers.
- Promote best practice sharing among food program providers.
- Where appropriate coordinate collaborative purchasing of nutritious food to optimize cost.
- Develop and implement a long-term sustainability plan for food acquisition, storage and distribution efforts.
- Aggressively seek assistance from all available food sources including grocery chains, food manufacturers, food growers (corporate and family farms) and state and federal government sources.
- Solicit support of area businesses, service groups, foundations etc. to defray the cost of purchasing food (cover transportation costs – donation collection and delivery).
- If deemed appropriate acquire USDA approved storage space for perishable food (building, coolers, and freezers) for the common use of all county food program providers.
- Develop and implement a year-round public relations campaign to educate the public on the issues and needs relative to hunger and food insecurity in Hancock County.
- Raise public awareness by collecting and publicizing data supporting the ongoing and growing need in Hancock County.
- Raise public awareness of the availability of food assistance programs currently available through public and private agencies and organizations.
- Develop an on-going communications campaign in cooperation with local radio and print media.
- Educate the public on the need for donating nutritional food and/or providing financial aid for this effort.
- Develop nutrition education programs promoting healthy food choices that can be presented at local food program sites and local service organization.
- Develop educational programs that focus on new approaches to cooking that take into account the realities of preparing a meal on a tight budget.
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