Shared Outcomes

Food Insecurity: Sharing Resources to Impact Outcomes

A recent study* found that more than 120,000 Louisvillians have insufficient food and food resources, including 44,000 who live in food deserts.

Fifty-three percent of those surveyed report experiencing some or regular food insecurity over the last year, including nearly 10% of all Louisvillians over age 60. Although poverty is often a source of food insecurity, even those above the poverty line can experience difficulty obtaining food to meet daily needs. In Jefferson County, 47% of those who are food insecure do not qualify for SNAP and only 40% know where to get emergency food if needed.

Bringing Justice Home seeks to serve our neighbors who suffer from food insecurity and for whom accessing traditional food sources is a risk.

We seek to inspire those who have more than enough to meet their basic needs to support struggling neighbors through monthly donations. We will work together to deliver healthy food to those who are unable to otherwise access enough to sustain healthy life. We will also strive to serve as a liaison to community resources that help alleviate other conditions (poor health and insufficient and expensive healthcare, lack of heating/cooling, lack of secure housing, isolation, etc.) that undermine good health.

*The study by Feeding America was funded by the Community Foundation of Louisville and the Lift a Life Foundation. The Feeding America study states, “Food insecurity does not exist in isolation, as low-income families are affected by multiple, overlapping issues like lack of affordable housing, social isolation, chronic or acute health problems, high medical costs, and low wages. Taken together, these issues are important social determinants of health, defined as the “conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.”