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Illinois Extension leads efforts to address food insecurity in DeWitt and Piatt Counties

DECATUR, Ill.— The UDSA defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Feeding America’s 2018 “Map the Meal Gap” study estimates food insecurity in DeWitt and Piatt counties at approximately 8 percent.

University of Illinois Extension serving DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt counties invites social service agencies, food pantries, and individuals interested in serving their communities to Tackling Hunger, a virtual networking meeting. The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon on March 24 via Zoom.

This virtual network meeting will be divided into three sessions: Hunger and Health led by Staci Coussens, Extension SNAP-Ed educator; Growing Community Gardens led by Illinois Extension Horticulture staff; and Using Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change in Food Pantries and Building a Food Program led by Extension SNAP-Ed staff and Eastern Illinois Food Bank.

“We hope this event will help create connections across communities and help expand access to food to individuals and families in DeWitt and Piatt counties,” says Caitlin Mellendorf, Illinois Extension nutrition and wellness educator.

Participants may register for this event by March 22. A Zoom link will be provided once registration is complete. For more information, please contact Caitlin at (217) 877-6042.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities for programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact (217) 877-6042. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access need.

Source: Caitlin Mellendorf, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, University of Illinois Extension

Writer:  Maria Lightner, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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