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FALL 2012
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Greetings, fellow collaborators!  Welcome to our first Hunger.FOOD.Health seasonal "dish." If you have a moment, we'd love your feedback so we can continue to improve.  Email us at
Featured Video: The Face of Hunger
The Face of Hunger
Featured Event:  
Hunger.FOOD.Health Think Tank
Thanks again to all who participated in the Think Tank. 
To view pictures and an abbreviated report from this 
groundbreaking event, click here.
Featured Articles:
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10% of U.S. Households Couldn't Adequately Feed Their Children in 2011
According to a new USDA Economic Research Service Report, more than 16.6 million children (or 22%) of all American kids were affected by food insecurity during 2011. Click here to read more.
Report: Ohioans Still Struggling with Food Insecurity
1 in 6 Ohio households continues to struggle to put food on the table. 
Single women, black families and households with very low incomes have the most difficulty. Read more.
Latinos Hit Hardest by Hunger and Poverty
One in three Hispanic children is at risk of hunger in the world's wealthiest nation, and a shocking 36% of all Hispanic children live in poverty, compared to 25% of U.S. children overall. Read more.
The Ph.D. Now Comes With Food Stamps
A Montana PhD shares here remarkable journey from successful professional to food insecure female working for low wages with no benefits or job security. 
Hunger In Our Schools
According to a new survey released by Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign, 56% of teachers report the majority their students rely on school meals as their primary source of nutrition. Connecting kids to programs like school breakfast helps ensure they get the healthy food they need to learn and grow. Read more.

Characteristics and Influential Factors of Food Deserts

USDA's Economic Research Service has identified approximately 6,500 food desert tracts. This report examines the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of these tracts and which of these characteristics distinguish food desert tracts from other low-income census tracts. Read More.
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Feeding America, FIC Collaborator, Receives $1M Donation to Feed Those in Need

Feeding America, the nation's leading anti-hunger organization, made up of over 200 food banks nationwide, is pleased to announce a $1,000,000 donation from CoBank, one of the nation's largest agribusiness lenders. The money will go to help food banks deal with the pending high food prices as a result of this summer's drought and help bring food to those in need in already devastated areas. Read more. 

Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 % of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill


Getting food from the farm to fork eats up 10% of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50% of avaiable land, and swallows 80% of all freshwater consumed. Yet, 40% remains uneaten. Read more.

OSU Students Support Mid-Ohio Foodbank 

By recycling unwanted items, students at The Ohio State University reduce the burden on our landfills and make contributions to the work of Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Read more.

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Mid-Ohio Foodbank and The Ohio State University Collaborate to Measure Impact of Food on Pantry Clients with Diabetes
Mid-Ohio Foodbank was 1 of 3 foodbanks nationally selected to study the impact of food, education, and medical management on type 2 diabetes. This $850,000 (3 year) project is funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation through a partnership with Feeding America. Read more.
How Far Have We Come in Reducing Health Disparities?
At the turn of the 21st century, several important reports and events designed to raise awareness of health disparities and to describe initial efforts to reduce health disparities took place. As a result, the Institute of Medicine has focused on addressing these dramatic disparities and on the success of various federal initiatives aimed at reducing them. Read more.
Food-Assistance Program Sees $2 Billion Spent on Sweet Drinks
Contrary to its goal of promoting good nutrition, a U.S. food-assistance program spends billions of dollars each year on unhealthy, sugar-sweetened drinks, according to a new study. Read more.
Pam Warhurst: How We Can Eat Our Landscapes
What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells how her team of volunteers turned unused plots into communal gardens and the amazing transformation on the local community. Watch the video.

Achieving Food Security for All

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) calls on its members to address food insecurity. Read more.

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R01 and R21) 05.11.2013
Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males (R01 and R21) 09.07.2013
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Impact Spotlight:
Congratulations Amy Alwood, Food Security Initiative Program Manager and fellow investigators Colleen Spees, Diane Habash, Matt Kleinhenz, Mary Ellen Wewers, Michelle Kaiser, Kay Wolf, and Steve Clinton for winning the "Most Likely to Impact the World in 10 Years" poster award at the FIC Annual Meeting for their FIC-funded team project "Food Choices and Health Status of Food Insecure Families in Central Ohio."
This fall, 3 food security related posters will be presented at the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association) National Conference in Philadelphia including "The Ideal Food Pantry as Designed by Food Pantry Customers" (Kuhls, Habash, Clutter, Spees, Wolf), "Building a Better Box: Rules, Tools, and Decisions by RDs Building Diabetes-friendly Food Boxes for Food Insecure Clients" (Habash, Headings, Spees, Prendergast, Taylor, Wolf), and "Utilizing Dietetics Education Objectives to Support a Low-Income Community Program Targeting At-Risk Pregnant Women." (Ridgway, Habash, Reisdorf, Nahikian-Nelms, Gabbe).
Kristen Rhoda, OSUN doctoral student, has received a CCTS Travel Award for her work that will be presented at the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) Annual Conference in D.C. with the poster "Adherence to Cancer Prevention Guidelines in Disparate Populations." (Spees, Rhoda, Rusnak, Clinton, Residorf, Taylor.) 
Collaborator Spotlight
Mid-Ohio Foodbank (MOF) is a critical community resource providing over 42 million pounds of food annually to over 550 community partners providing over 100,000 meals per day to 20 counties in central and southeastern Ohio. Joining forces with FIC's Hunger.FOOD.Health Initiative, our team is collaborating on multiple projects with MOF to investigate how FOOD impacts the health of our community.  Hunger is a community issue, read more about MOF here 
The Food Innovation Center's initiative, (Hunger.FOOD.Health), seeks to improve access to culturally appropriate, health-promoting foods for food insecure families across Central Ohio by impacting food availability, food access, food quality, and food use. 
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In This Issue
10% of U.S. Households Food Insecure
Ohioans Struggle with Food Insecurity
Latinos Hit Hardest by Hunger
The Ph.D. Now Comes With Food Stamps
Hunger In Our Schools
Food Deserts
Feeding America Receives $1M Donation
Food Waste in America
OSU Students Help Out
MidOhio Foodbank Participates in DM Study
Reducing Health Disparities
$2 Billion Spent on Sweet Drinks
Eat Our Landscapes
The Academy Calls on Members
Featured Grants
Hunger.FOOD.Health Impact Spotlight
September is Hunger Action Month

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