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Healthy Food Pantry Initiative

Are you or your organization interested in supporting any of the 24 food pantries in Brown County?
The Food Drive 5 Toolkit makes it easy! This guide will help you learn why donating nutritious foods can make a difference to local residents, and includes a complete marketing & social media package for food drives. These tools show you how to make a healthy donation, whether through an individual purchase or an organized drive. When we come together to help our neighbors, we can make Brown County a healthy and thriving community!

The goal of the Safe & Healthy Food Pantries Project is to improve access to and availability of adequate, appropriate, safe & nutritious food for low-income people who utilize food pantries. This goal is accomplished through the development of a guide for coordinators and volunteers of client choice food pantries to make improvements in the food pantry environment. This guide was informed by information captured through surveys and focus groups of food pantry clients, staff, and volunteers of six pantries in Wisconsin and is complemented by research-informed recommendations and best practices for improving the food environment.


Extension FoodWIse and UWGB Professional Social Work Program Food Security Study

The Brown County FoodWIse is committed to making our community more food secure. The USDA defines "food security" as: "When all people at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient food to meet their dietary needs for a productive and healthy life." To create a food secure community, we need to increase the availability of food assistance programs that enhance dignity, self-sufficiency, choice and access to food through normal channels; such as farmers markets and grocers.

The following documents provide an in-depth look at food security in our community and what we can do to help those that are food insecure become more food secure:

2016 Food Insecurity, Barriers, and Possible Solutions - Survey of Brown County At Risk Households


Food Pantry Usage Trends

Brown County Food Pantry Usage Trends-Usage trends and data of Brown County food pantries for several years.


Interactive Tools & Databases

American Fact Finder - U.S. Census Bureau - An interactive tool that allows you to perform custom queries on U.S. Census Bureau data. Select the geographic region and economic indicators you want to study to learn more about economic and food security trends at the local, state and national level.

Feeding America Map the Meal Gap - An interactive tool that shows food insecurity levels by state and county.

Food Security Project- The Wisconsin Food Security Project provides state and local information about food security and its underlying foundations in Wisconsin. The project promotes food security by empowering planners, policymakers, and local stakeholders to identify strengths, risk factors, and gaps in their communities.

PLACES- The PLACES Project is a collaboration between CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the CDC Foundation (CDCF). PLACES will allow counties, places, and local health departments regardless of population size and urban-rural status to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related outcomes in their jurisdictions and assist them in planning public health interventions.

FoodShare Equipment for Retailers- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) on Monday, Dec. 7, began accepting applications from retailers to obtain free equipment that can accept wireless FoodShare payments. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is sharing the details of this program for any establishment that may want to apply. Applications will be accepted until Friday, Dec. 22, or until CARES Act funding for the program is exhausted. Note that retailers must already be approved to accept FoodShare benefits to apply.

Food Security Websites and Documents

The following websites and documents can help us understand food security and teach us ways to help our community as a whole become more food secure.

Wisconsin Food Security Project- Find local information about the food security infrastructure in Wisconsin.

Brown County Living Wage Calculator - Find out the calculated costs for single individuals and families to live in Brown County.

Food Research and Action Center Food Hardship Studies - The Food Research and Action Center provides indicators on food hardship, which measures whether a family has been unable to purchase food necessities within the last 12 months due to a lack of financial resources.

FRAC Hunger and Obesity Research - The Food Research and Action Center shows the link between the hunger and obesity.

USDA Annual Report on Food Security in the U.S. - The USDA's Economic Research Service provides national and state statistics on food security based on annual food security data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau as a supplement to the Current Population Survey.

Food Insecurity and Hunger in the U.S.: New Research - A periodical produced by the Food Research & Action Center Newsletter and Children's HealthWatch.


Resource Mapping

Below you will find two maps detailing various resources in Brown County and surrounding areas. The maps include things like grocery store locations, food pantry locations with days/times of operation, WIC clinic locations, community meal sites, and more! If you think an additional resource should be added to the maps or would like to add your own resource, please contact our support staff at (920) 391-4606. If you would like to add a location to the Achieve Brown County map, please visit their site. 

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