Project: Community Food Security Toolkit
Award Year: 1999
Amount of award, fiscal 1999: $149,570.00
Institution: IQ Solutions
Principal Investigator: Barbara Cohen
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: In 1999, the U.S. Department of Agriculture began implementation of the Community Food Security Initiative (CFSI) and will prepare a manual and data collection instruments (toolkit) that organizations in local communities can use to assess community food security. The initiative is a partnership with States, communities, and nonprofit organizations to help develop sustainable local infrastructures to increase food security. Through a cross-agency initiative, the Department will help States and communities obtain the tools they need to reduce hunger and food insecurity, improve nutrition, and enable low-income families to make a transition from poverty to self-sufficiency.

On June 28-30, 1999, a conference planned by a multi-agency U.S. Department of Agriculture planning team brought together individuals with expertise in community food security assessment. Workgroups formed at the conference are being asked to contribute to a draft set of food security assessment materials. Staff associated with the Lower Mississippi River Delta Nutrition Intervention Research Initiative ( Delta NIRI) will assist in field testing the draft toolkit in winter 2000. A fixed-price contract was awarded to IQ Solutions, Inc., at a cost of $149,570 in fiscal 1999. The final product will be designed for implementation in local communities. It is expected to be available in February, 2001.

Topic: Data Collection and Methodology, Food Security
Cohen, B. Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit, E-FAN-02-013, USDA, ERS, July 2002.