Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) educators are uniquely positioned to support the food recovery organizations (FROs) which address hunger-related needs resulting from food insecurity. Based on an online survey to measure how VCE educators have engaged with FROs and their experiences, respondents who previously supported FROs did so across multiple programming areas, and those who had not indicated an interest while also experiencing barriers. Respondents also reported the need for context- and audience-specific resources particular to the spectrum of food recovery. Addressing barriers and resource needs through a transdisciplinary eXtension Food Recovery Community of Practice may support educators in doing this work.
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Schonberger, H. L., Yang, L. L., Chase, M., Drape, T., Misyak, S., & Boyer, R. (2022). Cooperative Extension’s Capacity to Address Food Insecurity by Supporting Food Recovery Organizations. The Journal of Extension, 60(3), Article 15. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.60.03.15