Located in the Center for Nutrition and Food Security, the Network serves as a resource for data and research coordination, a neutral convener for solving complex barriers and a facilitator for collective solutions to inequities in hunger, fresh food access and opportunities for good nutrition. Working collaboratively, the first project the Center and Network is completing is the Hunger Map. The 4-level map is a comprehensive assessment of hunger in the community that serves as a resource for programming, services, advocacy and grants.
- Level 1 is supply of emergency food assistance. Food assistance programs in the community provide data on services available to food insecure individuals and families.
- Level 2 is demand that uses data from Feeding America to calculate demand and meal gap.
- Level 3 is health information. This is a unique level. UNF interviews individuals from the community to determine the health impact of food insecurity.
- Level 4 is affordability and accessibility of food in the community. This is a unique level. UNF conducts this evaluation of affordability and accessibility in the food markets frequented.