What does it look like to serve the under-served? Here at the Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee we partner with agencies to identify our clients. And we love our clients. But there is still a larger need, and we want to do something about it. We want to serve the under-served. But if someone is under-served, how do we identify them?
Feeding America has a great tool to identify need- the Map the Meal Gap tool. According to this tool, there are 2,540 individuals in the Rockbridge area (Buena Vista, Lexington and Rockbridge County) dealing with food insecurity. This is 11% of our population.
Of the 2,450 people dealing with food insecurity, 26% of them have an income greater than 185% of the poverty line. That means that they do not qualify for many, if any, social support systems. And they do not have guaranteed access to food. They might be hungry. How do we find them?
This summer, the Campus Kitchen will be exploring the Rockbridge area, searching for this population. We’ll contact service clubs, volunteer organizations, and established non-profits. We can do more and we want to put our effort into meeting the greatest needs we can find.
Can you help point us in the right direction? Comment below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas about where we should start.