Jackson Meals Matter Task Force
COMBATING FOOD INSECURITY IN THE CITY OF JACKSON
JACKSON MEALS MATTER TASK FORCE OBJECTIVE
We're going to beat food insecurity in Jackson, and this is how
The Task Force will bring together leaders of different organizations to help create awareness and also combined resources and talent in order to decrease food insecurities in the City of Jackson.
The Jackson Meals Matter Task Force will include representatives from state agencies and educational facilities in the Jackson area, as well as community experts and anti-hunger activists. The task force will be charged with defining the execution of the program.
Data collected and shared by board members from SNAP, Department of Human Services, Jackson Public Schools and Hinds County Head Start will be instrumental in determining target populations and communities that are experiencing hunger.
This task force will be comprised of members who can advise the Mayor on anti-hunger strategies and help frame the anti-hunger messages that the Mayor will deliver. The task force will design a strategy to connect families in need to WIC, SNAP, and other community resources.
The Jackson Meals Matter Task Force seeks to create the following outcomes by the close of 2019:
•Task force meets a minimum of 12 times
•The Mayor will lead a minimum of 12 anti-hunger events.
•The effectiveness of the Anti-hunger campaign will be measured based on the Outcome of the data. The goal is to increase the number of programs providing afterschool feeding, backpack programs and/or summer feedings by 10% by December 31st, 2019.
•A minimal of 20% more families will be connected to WIC and/or SNAP by December 31st, 2019.
We are asking that each task force member commit their time by agreeing to meetings on the first Thursday of each month, and their resources and expertise in creating a more Food Secure Jackson.
Why should you help?
The humanitarian reasons for helping in the fight against food insecurity and child hunger are as numerous as they are obvious. But there is also a measurable socioeconomic impact that further underscores the importance of fighting the scourge of food insecurity in our communities.
Household food insecurity has insidious effects on the health and development of young children, including increased hospitalizations, poor health, iron deficiency, developmental risk and behavior problems, primarily aggression, anxiety, depression, and attention deficit disorder (Cook & Frank, 2008; Whitaker, Phillips, & Orzol, 2006).
These concerns early in life increase children’s risk of poor school readiness, poor school performance and subsequent health disparities and poverty. Research among school-age children has found associations between household food insecurity and low scores on measures of health, behavioral functioning and academic performance (Yoo, & Slack, & Holl, 2009).
Studies on the caregiver depression and anxiety pathway have found that food insecurity operates through maternal depression and parenting to negatively impact children’s mental development and attachment (Zaslow, Bronte-Tinkew, Capps, Horowitz, Moore, & Weinstein, 2009). Families with few economic resources may be forced to make difficult choices among basic needs, such as food, housing, energy and health care, often resulting in frustration and emotional distress, and poor caregiving practices that have been shown to lead to deficits in both mental development and attachment (Bronte-Tinkew et al., 2007; Zaslow et al., 2009).
Just a few effects of food insecurity on affected households:
- Having to choose between food and utilities
- Having to choose between between food and medical care
- Poor dietary quality and eating behaviors contributing to stress
- Higher healthcare expenditures and lower employability