“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. (World Food Summit, 1996)
The Food Security Working Group is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of researchers and leaders committed to raising awareness of and improving nutrition policies and priorities in the hunger safety net through shared research and evaluation. This Working Group is a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN).
Food Policy Councils
The mission of the Food Security Working Group is to build a network of researchers and leaders from academia, non-profit organizations, government, and other funding agencies to increase the amount and quality of research and evaluation in the area of nutrition and obesity prevention in the hunger safety net setting, and to support and facilitate the development and implementation of evidence-informed policies and practices.
Key Activities and Findings
Overall Goal: To inform nutrition policies and practices implemented in the hunger safety net by providing rigorous, policy-relevant research and evaluation.
- Build a network of researchers and leaders with expertise in nutrition policy, research, and evaluation as it relates to the hunger safety net.
- Identify gaps in the hunger safety net knowledge base
- Increase the linkage between public health infrastructure and the hunger safety net.
- Develop 2-4 working group subgroups and recruit subgroup leaders.
- Build evidence to support changes to policies, environments, and practices that will optimize the hunger safety net and facilitate desirable changes in dietary intake in food insecure populations.
- Increase funded high-quality research on the impact of the hunger safety net.
- Effect change in national, state, local, and tribal policies and practices to improve nutrition standards in the hunger safety net.
Download the Food Security WG Overview for more information
Download Food Insecurity Screening and Referral Algorithms developed by the Food Security Clinical Linkages Subgroup:
Patients Living with Diabetes
Download Addressing Food Insecurity: A Toolkit for Pediatricians developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics in collaboration with the Food Research and Action Center.
Download the Tackling Hunger Project’s Exploratory Evaluation of Food Insecurity Programs Initiated by Health Care Organizations
Download the Tackling Hunger Project’s Practical Guidance on Making Food Systems Part of Your Community Health Needs Assessment
View monthly meeting minutes here:
- July 2015: Partner Perspectives
- August 2015: Hospital Community Benefit Programs and the Hunger Safety Net
- September 2015: SNAP-ed Perspectives from the USDA
- November 2015: Assessing Community Readiness for Food Pantry Nutrition Initiatives
- February 2016: Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Programs
- April 2016: Root Cause Coalition and Tackling Hunger Initiative
- June 2016: Sustainable Management of Food: A Call to Action
- August 2016: How Food Policy Councils Address Anti-Hunger Issues
- November 2016: Food Insecurity and Health Care Costs
- January 2017: Group Discussion
- March 2017: Integrating Social Determinant Screening and Interventions into Health Care Systems: HIPAA and Liability Concerns
- May 2017: Hunger Free Colorado: Addressing Hunger Through Referrals
- July 2017: Piloting the first statewide medically tailored, home delivered meals project
- September 2017: Developing the Food Assortment Scoring Tool (FAST), SuperShelf: Transforming Food Shelves to Bring Good Food to All
- November 2017: Addressing Social Needs of Kaiser Permanente Members: A project and a network (John Steiner, Institute for Health Research, KP Colorado)
- January 2018: Anti-Poverty Effect of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Laura Wheaton and Elaine Waxman, The Urban Institute)
- March 2018: Food Policy Councils: Food Access and Hunger Alleviation (Larissa Calancie, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
- June 2018: SNAP-Ed: Past, Present, & Future (Ken Hecht, Gail Woodward Lopez, Wendi Gosliner, Nutrition Policy Institute)
- August 2018: Overview of the Current Landscape of Community Resource Referral Platforms (Caroline Fichtenberg, Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network, UCSF)
- September 2018: Take-up and Targeting: Experimental Evidence from SNAP (Amy Finkelstein, Matthew Notowidigdo, J-PAL and NBER)
- November 2018: Adolescent Food Insecurity: Learning Opportunities in the YRBS (Sarah Sliwa, CDC)
- January 2019: A Look at 2019 Farm Bill Nutrition Title (Ellen Vollinger, FRAC)
- March 2019: Developing the Language and Tools to Address Food Insecurity (Sarah DeSilvey, UVM Larner College of Medicine and Yale School of Nursing)
- May 2019: Impact of Food Insecurity in Persons with Diabetes: Quantitative and qualitative perspectives (Angela Liese, University of South Carolina)
- July 2019: Hunger or Deportation: Implications of the Proposed Public Charge Rule (Sheila Fleischhacker, Georgetown University)
- September 2019: Examining Food Insecurity Among Rural Low-Income Families
- November 2019: Deep dive into food insecurity in higher education
- January 2020: Improving SNAP Benefit Adequacy
- March 2020: Charitable Food System Response to COVID-19 (Emily Engelhard, Feeding America)
Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS
Associate Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital
Division of General Internal Medicine, University of California San Francisco