WHAT
WE DO

At Just Food, we are a reflection of the community we serve. Through connection with businesses, organizations, schools, volunteers, local government and individuals we are able to identify gaps within our food system and solve problems strategically. It is because of these partnerships that we are able to bridge the gap from being food insecure to ensuring that folks in our community are fed healthy foods without barriers.

 
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WHO WE SERVE

We serve on average 150-300 of these families each day. Hunger transcends race, religion and gender identification. Just Food is here not only to provide food to the hungry, but to empower all members of our community to live happy and healthy lives. We believe that neither hunger nor discrimination has a place here in Douglas County. Just Food hopes to empower and help all intersectional identities at risk of hunger.

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55%

of our clients

say the main reason they experience hunger is that their

income is too low.

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our solution:

 

Just Cook classes help our clients learn to

cook healthy, affordable 

meals

under $2 per serving made with common pantry items and foods we are able to provide.

 

EVENTS

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HARVEST FEAST 2021

GAME GALA

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19

Harvest Feast: Game Gala will be a fun night of games themed after popular game shows, along with drinks, a silent and live auction, and an amazing culinary experience by Merchants Pub + Plate. All proceeds benefit Just Food.

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friday, november 19 2021

KS FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL

may 7, 2022

This 1-day festival features 30+ regional food trucks, live bands, and street performers. It is a Lawrence favorite every year! 

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friday, november 19 2021

HUNGER ACTION MONTH

SEPTEMBER 2021

Thousands of families in Douglas County are facing hunger - many for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic. All month long, choose to stand against hunger by taking action, spreading awareness and educating the community about hunger in Douglas County.

nearly

40%

 

of USD 497 students

qualify for free and reduced lunch.

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our solution:

we have

14 classroom cupboards

in local schools to provide additional food assistance to the students and their families.

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PROGRAMS

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JUST COOK

Just Cook is a cooking class that teaches techniques and recipes to create affordable, healthy meals for under $2 per serving at home with foods that are regularly available at our Pantry. Classes are held throughout the community and are hosted by our volunteers with a passion for cooking, trained chefs and a Just Food team members. Through Just Cook, our mission is to build community through cooking together.

 
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62%

of households that have used our services have at least one member with type 2 diabetes.

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our solution:

 

Through a partnership with LMH Health, our clients have access to monthly glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure screenings at our pantry. Our shared goal is to promote prevention, management, and intervention of these diseases.

PARTNER  AGENCIES

At Just Food, we are a reflection of the community we serve. Through connection with businesses, organizations, schools, volunteers, local government and individuals we are able to identify gaps within our food system and solve problems strategically. It is because of these partnerships that we are able to bridge the gap from being food insecure to ensuring that folks in our community are fed healthy foods without barriers.

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REPORTS & PLANS

assessment & 5 year strategic plan

Thanks to support from the Kansas Health Foundation, Just Food worked with the University of Kansas Center for Community Health and Development to embark on a strategic planning process informed by the voices of the families we serve. In the spring and summer of 2018, data was collected from 312 Just Food clients via client surveys, four one-on-one in-depth interviews with community partners from Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s Family Services and the Bert Nash Homeless Outreach Team, and six focus groups totaling 66 participants. Focus groups were conducted with the Just Food client advisory board, other groups of Just Food clients, Spanish-speaking clients of Centro Hispano, residents of the Pine Ridge senior apartment complex (70% of residents are homebound), and residents of Edgewood Homes low-income housing complex. Surveys were distributed at Just Food, with reading and writing support from KU social work interns as needed.