Assessing Affordable and Nutritious Food Programs in City Heights

This report describes the system of organizations and programs that distribute food to potentially food insecure families, identifies the social and economic characteristics of those most likely to be food insecure, and assesses utilization and reception of these resources among the residents of City Heights. The study began with identifying the range of relevant programs serving City Heights. Post that, a survey of residents was conducted to determine risk factors for food insecurity in City Heights and utilization of available resources. To better understand the perspective and concerns of consumers, in-depth interviews were conducted with a small sample of Somali women. Apparent challenges to the food distribution system included lack of coordination among the organizations involved, coordination across programs, and concerns regarding sustainability. The sufficiency of current programs also appeared uncertain. Continuing issues include the remaining level of food insecurity in City Heights despite an abundance of programs, reluctance of some food insecure people to use food pantries, non-use by some of available resources, and lack of consumption by some community residents for fresh and nutritious food.  Key lessons learned by program operators include ways to minimize clients’ inconvenience and sense of stigmatization.

Final Report