Fostering food security: plan for local hunger solutions

Nathan Smith, Phoenix Rescue Mission

Background

Services that meet basic needs, such as food, clothing, and hygiene are offered along with programs that help empower individuals and families out of food insecurity. In order to maximize the impact of these efforts, services will be delivered in specific Phoenix Rescue Mission (PMR) target communities, which are located in the cities of Glendale and Phoenix. The main goal of the program model is to increase food security in PRM target communities.

Research questions

  • How can Phoenix Rescue Mission evolve its programs to better meet the basic needs of people facing food insecurity in our communities?

  • How can Phoenix Rescue Mission expand its programs to help people achieve a level of self-sufficiency that keeps them from needing emergency services?

Partners

  • Food Bank Guests

  • Farmers and Gardeners

  • Environmental Sustainability Experts

  • Local and Regional Food Banks

  • Nutritionists

  • Social Service Experts

  • School Administrators and Staff

  • Academic Researchers

Findings

  • Exploration of the diverse aspects of the food systems network, including production, storage, distribution, and attribution, helps to build a more dynamic food security approach.

  • Phoenix Rescue Mission does not need to tackle every challenge as maximizing partnerships can strengthen their programs and allow them to maintain a strong central focus.

  • Food insecurity and poverty are closely tied.

Deliverables

  • Nonprofit food distribution programs should take a broad approach when considering collaboration for programs.

  • Creating access to healthy food creates a pathway for people using services to focus on becoming financially secure and empowers them towards self-sufficiency.

  • Phoenix Rescue Mission can expand partnerships to create more opportunities for people to gain work-related skillsets.