Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $31,551 for Warren Community Food Security Assessment

Sep 30, 2016

Warren, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan announces $31,551 for a “Community Food Security Assessment Project” in Warren. This funding will allow Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership (TNP) to undergo an extensive data collection and planning process in order to identify barriers to accessing healthy food and to develop strategies to comprehensively improve access to food for this low-income community.

“More than two in three Americans are overweight or obese, and those numbers continue to climb in low-income communities. There is no doubt that our food system is broken. In a country, where 23.5 million people live in food deserts, we cannot allow the status quo to continue and must find new ways for all Americans to have access to fresh, healthy food,” said Congressman Ryan. “I applaud the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership for the work they are doing to improve access to healthy food in our community.”

“This allows us to recreate, on a much smaller scale, the same process we followed over 3 years that lead to the neighborhood plans we developed that focused on blight remediation. There is a lot of work to do, but the formula is fairly simple: we collect data, conduct community outreach, and use the two to develop a plan. Food access is a major issue in Warren and we are excited for the opportunity to move forward on strategizing around solutions,” said TNP’s Executive Director Matt Martin.

This model includes creation of a community demographic profile, assessments of existing resources, food distribution resources, availability and affordability of food, local agricultural and food production resources, household food security, and data mapping/analysis. Information will then be presented to the community and input for developing strategies to address issues that emerge will be collected. TNP will then create a strategy plan that summarizes the assessment process and provides a range of short term and long term strategies that can reduce barriers to healthy, fresh food. The strategy plan will include identification of resources for solutions and planning for projects that address food security.