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  • Policy brief from the James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research | Idaho at a Glance. June 2014, Vol. 5, No. 3 | Food insecurity has serious long-term consequences for health, educational outcomes, workforce participation, and income. Despite considerable resources devoted to reducing hunger, 22% of Idaho’s children were food insecure in 2012 and 14% of Idaho households were food insecure during the period 2010—2012. Rates of food insecurity are especially severe among children and in rural Idaho. The goal of this policy brief is to create a base of common information and stimulate partnerships to address the food security challenge. A full research report on food security in Idaho is available on the McClure Center’s website (see below). In Idaho and other states, there are five approaches to improving food security: Federal food and nutrition programs provide financial assistance, supplemental food, and other services to families. They are administered by the state of Idaho. Charitable organizations use donations from individuals and companies to provide emergency food assistance and other services. Nutrition education programs are funded from federal and other sources to encourage more nutritious eating, primarily among low-income families. Advocacy and policy approaches promote changes in the principles and priorities that guide laws and programs. Market-based approaches work to connect local food producers with low-income consumers, sometimes through or with subsidies from nonprofit or public agencies. Our analysis points toward four priorities that should guide policy and programs aimed at improving long-term food security: collaboration, focusing on children first, stimulating new markets wherever possible, and using evidence-based education strategies.

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  • January 1, 2014

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