Fighting food insecurity in the community


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- Volunteers have been putting together grab and go lunches for two months at this point. But some are starting to highlight a greater problem in their area.

Food insecurity.

Volunteers are still preparing meals. Cutting tomatoes and opening bags. But things have grown beyond just providing people with a meal.

City Council President Alex Burton and Lisa Vaughan with the Junior League of Evansville are working together to highlight the problem of food insecurity in the city. His own experience since the pandemic started is what drew burton in.

“By the time I got to the grocery stores, there was literally no meat left and the shelves were bare,” Alex Burton says.

“Food insecurity really comes from your not sure where your next meal is going to come from. You know you’re probably going to eat but you’re not sure how that’s going to happen,” Lisa Vaughan explains.

Also making sure food is available and people have access to it. But the way the city is set up, there are some difficulties.

“And then you map it out and you see where the grocery stores are in our community and there are pockets in the city that makes it more difficult to get to the grocery store,” Burton explains.

As part of the reopen Evansville Task Force Vaughan and Burton are trying to figure out what the people experiencing food insecurity need.

“How can we get food to the residents who need it the most? How do we get food into their hands,” He continues.

Even beyond the pandemic. Vaughan says one of the biggest things people can do to help is to promote food share programs.

“I think there’s a stigma with getting a food box or grocery box and there really shouldn’t be,” Vaughan explains.

Vaughan says there is no one solution to fix the food insecurity problem in Evansville because it’s not a one size fits all deal different neighborhoods have different needs. But they plan to address the needs and try and make a change.

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(This story was originally published on May 19, 2020)

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