The purpose of this report was to provide scientific data to the Northside Food Project (NFP) community organization. The research goals were threefold: to research existing literature on food insecurity in low-income communities, to examine demographic and food insecurity-related data in North Minneapolis, and to explore the need and means for a community food security assessment in North Minneapolis. The concept of food insecurity is central to this work. Food insecurity is linked to overweight and obesity, which in turn are strongly related to major chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. Research indicates that low-income communities and communities of color are especially likely to lack adequate access to healthy foods; supermarkets and farmers markets are less common in these communities whereas corner stores and convenience stores are more common. North Minneapolis exhibits many of the symptoms of a food-insecure community.
Conducted on behalf of the Northside Food Project. Supported by Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
Review of Community Food Security Literature and Future Directions for Addressing Community Food Insecurity in North Minneapolis.
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