Food insecurity is a growing concern for Eau Claire County residents in Western Wisconsin. A community-academic partnership studied food insecurity through the voices of families struggling to access food and institutions that assist with hunger related problems. Data were collected through focus groups held in urban and rural parts of the county. Participants reported that food insecurity affected all aspects of daily life, increasing stress and reducing coping abilities. Results indicate that when Extension and campus-based staff partner with community groups, they can increase community awareness of and find innovative solutions to pressing community needs, such as food insecurity.
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Coffey, N., Canales, M. K., Moore, E., Gullickson, M., & Kaczmarski, B. (2014). Putting a Face on Hunger: A Community-Academic Research Project. The Journal of Extension, 52(6), Article 16. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol52/iss6/16