Greene County

Food Security Partnership

About Us

Goals

The Partnership has identified goals for its work:

These goals are based on the Hunger Profile and Scorecard information for Greene County along with comments and issues identified at the 2011 Hunger Summit.

History and Background

The Greene County Food Security Partnership was organized in June 2011 when several members of the community attended a meeting of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Food Security Partnership (an affiliate of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank). The regional group encouraged each county to establish their own locally led, issue focused Partnership.  Since June 2011, the Greene County Partnership has more than 60 partners who support the activities to end food insecurity in our area.

The 2011 Greene County Hunger Summit identified a several local hunger-related issues and concerns, which became the priority areas and for the Partnership. The work of the Greene County Partnership has become a model for other county partnerships in the southwest region.

Greene County is a part of rural Appalachia in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania. The absence of jobs over decades has led to the rise in generational poverty in isolated populations making food insecurity prevalent and complicated.

According to the Hunger Profile for Greene County prepared by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the data for the community is staggering:

All of these issues impact how individuals and families access food.

It was this data, presented that the Hunger Summit and discussed among the partners attending the Greene County Food Security Partnership that caused us to recognize there were significant issues in our community that keep individuals and families from accessing these available resources.

Issues identified through the Hunger Summit focus groups include:

These are the issues which the participants in the Greene County Food Security Partnership agreed need to be addressed as part of their efforts.

Greene County Food Security Partnership Brochure