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This report is the culmination of a year-long community food assessment conducted by staff, students, and faculty at the University of Minnesota Morris, and informed by an advisory council made up of key local stakeholders. The main goal of the community food assessment is to describe food security in Stevens County at both community and individual scales.
This assessment examines what food is grown in the county, what food is available, where food can be obtained in various forms, accessibility and affordability of food, as well as county residents’ experiences with and thoughts and suggestions about food. Findings summarized below rely on several different types of data, including a household food security survey, a survey of prices and availability at area grocery stores, personal communications and observations, and secondary data (e.g., from the US Census Bureau). More details about data collection and the key findings presented below are available in the full version of this report.
Based on the (available and newly collected) data for this community food assessment, it is clear that Stevens County does not fit the definition of community food security because many residents are food insecure, food insecure residents tend to share characteristics of marginalized populations, and little of the food consumed in Stevens County is produced and processed in Stevens County. Challenges with community food security are of course not necessarily uniquely to Stevens County, MN as they are at least in part a product of the way our regional, national, and global food supply chains presently function.
University of Minnesota Morris
Food Security | Food Studies
Brands, Ed; Kenyon, Danny; Klebba, Torin; Koos, Allison; Manolis, Argie; and Sugimura, Lily, "Stevens County Food Assessment" (2022). Center for Small Towns. 83.