The objective of this report was to better understand how the emergency food system works during a crisis. The research sought to identify networks and points of strength as well as areas to be strengthened to improve resiliency during an emergency.
Community Food Security
This report analyzes the ways in which individual pantries throughout Middlesex County interact with food product date labels, food waste, staff and client education, and the impact that COVID-19 has had on those topics.
This report offers some insight about the non-food challenges that pantries confronted during the pandemic, how pantry staff navigated the demand for these services during the pandemic through July of 2021, and it provides some idea about the type of information that might be useful to pantries moving forward.
This brief examines how a set of food pantries in Middlesex County, NJ experienced the pandemic from March to October/November 2020.
This report examines how emergency food providers in Middlesex County, New Jersey, changed their practices during the pandemic. The report looks at how food pantries navigated challenges related to food demand, supply, and distribution, and highlights the experiences...
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the emergency food system, challenging a system that was already operating with few resources. Food pantries developed strategies to meet surging need while navigating COVID-19 safety challenges and dramatic shifts in...
Pantries have tried a number of different strategies to increase institutional cultural competency and mediate language and cultural differences.
The 2019-2020 Ralph W. Voorhees Fellows examined the role of volunteers in pantry management.
Food banks and pantries are increasingly turning to technology such as GPS tracking, logistics software, and database management to manage food inventories, client records, and governmental reporting.
Ralph W. Voorhees Public Service Fellows Hina Arshad, Nashia Basit, Cassie Bolinger, Aiza Nageeb, Julien Rosenbloom with Evan Iacobucci, Planning and Public Policy Doctoral Program. During the Fall 2019 semester, Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach...
Riley Link, Curtis McDaniel, Daniel Rodriguez, and Sabeen Rokerya, 2018 Ralph W. Voorhees Public Service Fellows, partnered with the Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services (MCFOODS) during the Fall 2018 semester to research food...
Healthy Food as Medicine? A Closer Look at Fruit and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx) Programs Across the Country.
Wholesome Wave created Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Programs (FVRx) in 2010 to help patients at risk of diet-related illness that can’t afford or access fresh/healthy food. With FVRx, participating clinics issue prescribe vouchers to food-insecure patients, which they will then redeem at local food retailers such as grocery stores and farmers markets.