News and Record: How deep is our ‘food insecurity’? More data would help

Posted on January 18, 2017

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On May 29, 2016, UNCG Associate Professor Marianne LeGreco penned a column for the News and Record about food security: 

“Since September 2015, I’ve been working with the Guilford Food Council and the Greensboro Community Food Task Force to enact a strategy to collect some better data about our local food system in Greensboro and Guilford County — including links to food security and hunger. We just completed the first step, which is a food resource asset map. The map brings together all of the data that’s already out there, including “Amy’s Little Blue Book” and “Little Green Book,” as well as plot points for convenience stores, grocery stores, summer meal sites and other resources.

“You can access the map at I invite you to take a look at the map and tell us what you think. You can also submit ideas for additional resources we should include, as well as update any information. If you’d like to get involved with the food council, you can also find a link to our application.

“The map is only the first step. We’ve also received funding from UNC-Greensboro to work with the Center for Housing and Community Studies to design and pilot test a survey tool, which we can use to get some more meaningful, valid and reliable data about how food works within our communities — especially from the voices who aren’t regularly represented in the conversation.”

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