Food Insecurity Research Hub

$275.00 raised

11% of $2,500 Goal.

15 days left.

4 Donors

Project ends on April 13, 2020
Project Owners

The Project

The Center for the Advancement of Food Security and Healthy Communities (CAFSHC) addresses the role of food insecurity and food sovereignty on social, economic and physical and mental health in Tampa Bay and beyond. Our mission is to transform the conversation about food insecurity using research, education and transformational programs to facilitate social equity that results in healthier communities. 

Your gifts will be used to continue our research, educate the public and have a positive impact on those in our communities that struggle with food insecurity and poor health. 

Who We Are

CAFSHC is a new center in the USF College of Arts and Sciences led by a director and three graduate research assistants. Together with our community partners, the CAFSHC team engages in research, education, program development and policy statements to connect communities to find solutions to food insecurity that will contribute to building healthy communities. 

The Impact

Food is central to our survival, not only in terms of health — it is the social glue that binds people and creates a sense of identity and relationships within families and communities. People that experience chronic hunger and food insecurity have challenges that can threaten the social fabric of the family and community. By eliminating hunger and food insecurity, people can maximize their potential to be productive and engaged citizens. 

Through its work with USF and community partners, CAFSHC is raising public awareness about hunger and food insecurity in Tampa Bay, conducting evidence-based research to find solutions and using expertise to leverage policy changes that benefit the region. 

What Your Gifts Will do

With your contribution today, we can increase the impact that CAFSHC has on our local community — whether it be students at USF struggling with food insecurity, children and their families living in food insecure neighborhoods, expecting mothers needing to ensure the health of their babies or elderly community members living on fixed incomes. 

The research we are conducting in the CAFSHC by our students and faculty will have life-changing impacts on policies, procedures and worldwide education and awareness programs to ensure we are creating a future where EVERYONE has equal access to safe, healthy foods. 

Thank you for your support! 

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Your gift of $10 supports research focused on eliminating hunger and food insecurity in the Tampa Bay community.

Research Assistant

Your gift of $25 supports community-based research and provides incentives for participants who share their time and experience with our team.

Research Partner

Your gift of $50 provides applied research opportunities to our student researchers and aids in advancing their work by covering the travel costs associated with research and engagement activities at our community partner sites across Tampa Bay.

Engaged Citizen

Your gift of $100 assists the center in hosting training workshops with community partners that will propel us forward in our goal of alleviating hunger and food insecurity in Tampa Bay and beyond.

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