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Food Systems Work Group Goals

The Food Systems Work Group seeks ways to enhance access to healthy foods through support of approaches that provide increased opportunities for nutritious food selection.


Improve access to nutritious food for all Missourians.
  • Support activities and policies that increase access to SNAP, WIC, Senior Farmers Market program.
  • Promote federal nutrition programs in out-of-school times.
  • Support expansion of Double Up Food Bucks (invite members to MOCAN conversation).
  • Support activities that assess food security in Missouri.
  • Capture number of children and adults receiving FBT/IBT/MNT treatment for obesity through the MOHealthNet benefit and research currently being done across the state of Missouri.
Encourage collaboration across MOCAN, including work group members.
  • Educate Food Systems Work Group members on best practice programs regarding food systems through presentations and discussion.
Increase knowledge of benefits and use of including fruits and vegetables in the diet.
  • Support activities that promote and utilize local and seasonal foods.
  • Engage with and educate other professional organizations about MOCAN healthy eating initiatives and resources.

Percent of Individuals Food Insecure

Missouri Hunger Atlas 2019

Missouri map showing percent of individuals who are food insecure

Missouri Hunger Atlas 2019. Published by the MU Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security in partnership with the MU Center for Health Policy. More information at © 2021 Curators of the University of Missouri. All rights reserved. DMCA and other copyright information. An equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer.

SNAP Eligibility vs. Participation

Missouri Hunger Atlas 2019

Percent of people who are income-eligible for SNAP.
Missouri map showing percent of people who are income-eligible for SNAP

Percent of people who are income-eligible and participated in SNAP.
Missouri map showing percent of people who are income-eligible and participated in SNAP

Contact the Food Systems Work Group chairs to learn more:

Food Systems Work Group contacts