March 14, 2023 - Brown County Food Security Survey
The UW-Madison Division of Extension Brown County partnered with seven Brown County food pantries to conduct the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Security Survey which included additional questions based on local food access areas. Extension Brown County has conducted the USDA Food Security approximately every five years since 1999. The purpose of this survey project was to to develop a deeper understanding of why community members may not be able to access the food they need resulting in food insecurity.
Key findings from the survey include:
- 77% of households were considered food insecure – That means they were unable at some time during the year to provide adequate food for one or more household members because of a lack of resources.
- 90% of the individuals surveyed indicated one or more challenges obtaining food – When asked what would make it easier to obtain food, 58% said the cost of food reflects inflation. The second most common response was affordable utilities at 44%.
Read the full report here. See article here.
The picture was taken at FUMC Good Will Food Pantry when the announcement was made that the survey report was being released. The names left to right are: Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach; John Ireland, First United Methodist Church Good Will Food Pantry Manager; Clarice Martell, FoodWIse Healthy Communities Coordinator; Marlon Skenandore, Oneida Nation Emergency Food Pantry Manager and executive committee member of the Brown County Food and Hunger Network; Dr. Christine Vandenhouten, Chair of Nursing & Health Studies at UW-Green Bay; Liliana Ramirez Gonzalez, FoodWIse Nutrition Coordinator; Andrea Kressin, Community Engagement Manager at Brown County Health and Human Services Public Health Division; Dr. Renita Robinson- Prevea Health Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and Steering Committee member of Beyond Health Community Health Improvement Plan