WHO WE HELP
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.
of our clients
say the main reason they experience hunger is that their
income is too low.
of USD 497 students
qualify for free and reduced lunch.
of households that have used our services have at least one member with type 2 diabetes.
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.
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.
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.