With ever-growing reliance on food assistance — from 2009-2012, Brown County saw a 36 percent increase in food pantry use — and with low-income families already having a disproportionate number of health issues, it is more important than ever that food pantry users have nutritious foods available to them.
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As more families depend on food pantries for a greater share of their nutrition, having healthier food available at food pantries was identified as a Brown County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) goal. A baseline of presently donated foods was established after developing and testing an inventory tool. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students were trained to itemize nearly 2000 items. From the findings, recommendations for food donations were developed for public messaging.