Building Mutually Beneficial Community-University Collaborations to Understand and Address Metropolitan Food Insecurity

Building Mutually Beneficial Community-University Collaborations to Understand and Address Metropolitan Food Insecurity

Serving our Neighbors (SON) Ministry is a faith-based organization with a mission to address suburban food insecurity in the Columbus, Ohio area with a focus on the suburban school district of Hilliard. The founder and director, Kim Emch, was shocked to learn about the thousands of children in her suburban community who received free and reduced lunch and breakfast during the school year. What shocked her even more was the realization that when summer hit, many of these children were missing meals. As a person of faith, Kim felt called to provide meals for these children. So, without any non-profit or social service experience, in 2007 Kim founded The Hilliard Free Summer Lunch program for Kids (which in 2009 evolved into SON Ministries) out of her home. Summer Lunch Service Programs are difficult to administer because of logistical and sourcing concerns. These programs are also constrained because of cumbersome federal regulations and requirements. Qualification for free summer lunch programs is determined...
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