The Western North Carolina Community Food Security Assessment

In Western North Carolina (WNC), the Appalachian Foodshed Project was designed to engage organizational leaders working within the community food system to create a common agenda to better understand and address food security in the 27-county region. This WNC Food Security Advisory Committee, in collaboration with a research team from North Carolina State University, designed a community food security assessment (CFSA) to systematically examine community food issues and assets to inform actions that make the region more food secure.

The purpose of the Western North Carolina Community Food Security Assessment (pdf) is to establish the scope of the problem, identify extant barriers to and assets for improving food security, and clarify key questions for communities to consider as they make long-term strides to creating a more just and equitable food system. To accomplish these goals, the WNC Food Security Advisory Committee designed the assessment with two key components that together aid understandings of food security in the region: 1. Quantitative data were gathered to systematically define the scope of the problem and provide baseline data about the food system in all of WNC. 2. Qualitative data from three representative counties (Buncombe, Mitchell, and Yancey) were collected to provide an in-depth account of key challenges and questions related to healthy food access and food security from a community perspective. This webinar will focus on the qualitative findings from the research, identifying barriers to and opportunities for improved food security in Western North Carolina.

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Michelle Schroeder-Moreno, Nikki D'Adamo-Damery

Created by Phil D'Adamo-Damery

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