An estimated 11.8 percent, or roughly 15 million U.S. households, were food insecure in 2017, having difficulty at some time providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Though food security is on average improving nationwide and in the Buckeye State, Ohio’s insecure percentage — 13.7 percent — is among 11 states where the prevalence is statistically significantly higher than the national average, according to the Agriculture Department’s 2017 report.
The new truck will serve area residents — many of whom may be older and immobile — in both rural and urban communities without a brick and mortar food pantry, Truesdale said.
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Among others, the truck will transport food to mobile farmers markets in Dayton on both the east and west sides and at Sinclair College, in Eaton, outside Jamestown, at Lewisburg, Spring Valley, in Wilberforce at Central State University, Yellow Springs and in rural Xenia.
Because so many people in the region don’t have reliable access to transporation, the truck will fill a distribution gap, said Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge.
“All these little things help. No question about it. We need to be proactive and do everything we can possibly do to help these people that can’t get good food,” she said.
The truck’s purchase will come from Human Services Levy funds.
More details about the mobile food distribution program will be announced this morning at the opening of the 8th Annual Food Summit. This year’s theme, “From Farm to Fork: Growing a Stronger Food System,” will focus on local growing and food distribution.
The event’s keynote speakers are Nancy Williams of No More Empty Pots, a grassroots non-profit in Omaha, Neb. that collaborates with public and private organizations, businesses, communities, and entrepreneurs to strengthen local and regional food systems, and Brian Raison, an assistant professor and field specialist with The Ohio State University Department of Extension.
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8th Annual Food Summit
Wednesday, Nov. 14
Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center, 1000 N. Keowee
8:30 – 9 a.m., Registration (Lobby)
9 – 9:30 a.m., Opening (Sanctuary)
Welcome, Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge Opening Comments, Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper
Dayton City Commissioners Chris Shaw and Matt Joseph Ambassador Tony Hall
9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Health | Hunger | Equity Panel (Sanctuary)
Maleka James, PHDMC – Facilitator
Anthony Goodwin, ProMedica Toledo
Gina McFarlane-El, Five Rivers Health Centers Rachel Riddiford, Dayton Children’s Hospital
10:30 – 10:45 a.m., Break
10:45 am – Noon, Race | Policy | Opportunity (Cafeteria)
Etana Jacobi, Hall Hunger Initiative
Noon – 1 p.m., Lunch (Cafeteria)
Visit Exhibition Tables
1 – 1:50 p.m., Keynote (Sanctuary)
Nancy Williams, No More Empty Pots
Brian Raison, OSU Extension – Moderator
1:50 – 2 p.m., Break
2 – 3 p.m., Planning | Growth | Economy Panel (Sanctuary)
Jon White, City of Dayton – Facilitator John Jones, Urban Food System Researcher Ben Jackle, Mile Creek Farm
3 – 3:15 p.m., Close | Call | Action (Sanctuary) Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge