Reducing food access disparities: Promising practices in equity, engagement, and collaboration

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Keegan, B., J.C. Jones, S. Abdelwahed, S. Adhikari, B. Gooden, N. Zohrabi, and B.C. Verrelli (2022) Reducing food access disparities: Promising practices in equity, engagement, and collaboration Virginia Social Science Journal 55:88-114. https://www.virginiasocialscience.org/journal-archives.html.

Abstract

In Virginia and across the US, sustainable food access is an ongoing challenge. Factors such as a lack of transportation, systemic racism, and educational disparities have all contributed to Virginia’s food insecurity rate of approximately 10 percent, with the coronavirus pandemic increasing food insecurity rates to as much as 22.5 percent in 2020 (Virginia Department of Social Services). In an effort to combat this growing problem, public agencies and nonprofit organizations are working together to eliminate barriers to food access. They are also engaging with members of the community who are impacted by food insecurity in an effort to center those who are historically marginalized. To identify the best approaches to this problem, this perspective shares insights gathered by a transdisciplinary team of researchers working to identify promising practices in food access promotion in the greater Richmond area of Virginia. Data, feedback, and recommendations were gathered from advocates and organizations working to combat food insecurity, with a focus on collaboration and equity.

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