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Food Insecurity


  • Distinguish between  the ranges of food security (i.e. high, marginal, low, and very low food security), food insecurity, hunger, food desert, and food swamp

  • Understand how food insecurity affects health, including health complications that arise or are exacerbated by food insecurity 

  • Identify food deserts and food swamps in one’s state and community using data, maps, and global information systems (GIS) and identify socioeconomic and demographic patterns 

  • Identify and connect with local organizations working to address food insecurity in a sustainable way

  • Describe examples of successful food security initiatives implemented within your country and in a country other than your own

  • Evaluate the roles government, non-government, non-profit, and community-based organizations play in addressing food insecurity

  • Explain how different factors lead to or perpetuate food insecurity, including socioeconomic factors, household factors, and individual demographic factors 

Landmark Papers

These papers are academic studies used to introduce the topic of food insecurity, the significance of food insecurity in health, and what efforts have been made to mitigate the effects of food insecurity. 

Theory Burst by Kelleen Zubrick

Kelleen Zubick is Director of Health Strategies for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, a national organization with a mission to end hunger and poverty in the U.S. and abroad.  In this role, Kelleen develops cross-organizational strategies and partnerships to address food insecurity as a social determinant of health and to integrate access to child nutrition programs. She leads program efforts to build partnerships and approaches that further equity goals and express values for diversity and inclusion. An experienced director with 15+ years' of strategy development advocacy, and intervention supporting positive social impact, she has over ten years' focus on the acceleration of food access and food security for communities across Colorado and nationwide. Prior to joining Share Our strength in 2014, Kelleen was co-founder and Principal Consultant for Mission Spark, a social impact consulting group partnering with private foundations, nonprofits, and government agencies on strategy, initiative development, and on evaluation approaches. In this capacity, Kelleen spent two years researching and building strategy for summer food access on behalf of Share Our Strength and Hunger Free Colorado. She also developed the statewide peer mentor program in agritourism for the Colorado Office of Economic Development.  Kelleen grew up in Brazil where her family distributed food every day to under resourced families, and this experience fuels her passion to address hunger and food access in America.

Seeding Galveston 

For this episode, we are tackle the policy priority of food insecurity, which affects millions of Americans (and billions of people worldwide). We talk with John Sessions of Seeding Galveston about how they are tackling the issue in their local community, and how they are attacking the issues of hunger through collaboration.

Interactive Cases

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