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Workshop introduces online tool for mapping food security resources and challenges

Register Now! Wisconsin Food Security Project Workshop

Wednesday, December 11, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm, Lowell Center

Extension educators from all program areas are welcome to attend. Attending educators may also register up to two community partners to accompany you to the workshop. There is no cost to attend the workshop. Attendees will be provided a break for lunch on your own. The deadline to register for this workshop is December 1, 2013.

The Wisconsin Food Security Project (foodsecurity.wisc.edu) – developed by the University of Wisconsin Applied Population Lab, with support from the University of Wisconsin – Extension and the University of Wisconsin School of Human Ecology -provides a cutting-edge interactive website for exploring and documenting food security and the food security infrastructure in Wisconsin.

Designed as a resource for community planners, policymakers, educators, nonprofits, researchers, advocates, the media, and anybody interested in food security in Wisconsin, the website provides a wealth of local data related to food security, economic wellbeing, public and private food assistance programs, the retail food environment, selected health outcomes, and demographics.

Overview of Workshop

Come prepared to explore applications of the Wisconsin Food Security Project as it relates to your programming and/or community. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the foundations of ensuring a strong local food access and food security infrastructure;
  • Learn how to create customized maps visualizing local characteristics and the location of selected food resources, such as summer food programs, retail food outlets accepting SNAP, farmers markets, and more;
  • Learn how to create customized data profiles at the state, county, school district, and municipality level;
  • Learn how to create customized charts to visualize key characteristics and their relationships;
  • Identify ways to utilize the Wisconsin Food Security Project in local programming;
  • Provide input into tool and resource development to accompany the site.
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