Hunger in Southeast Kansas
Despite being the largest and most effective program for reducing hunger, SNAP participation has decreased consistently in Southeast Kansas while food insecurity remains high. This report follows a series of community conversations on hunger and examines food accessibility in the following 10 counties: Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson
Barriers to SNAP in Kansas
SNAP reduces hunger, improves dietary intake, bolsters local economies, and lifts people out of poverty. Kansas created barriers making the program difficult for people to access and exacerbating racial disparities. These barriers are unfair and unjust and make it harder for Kansans who are struggling to make ends meet.
Reducing Childhood Hunger in Kansas
In 2016, Kansas Appleseed released "Reducing Childhood Hunger in Kansas," a report outlining what contributes to childhood hunger in Kansas and what steps we can take at state and local levels to reduce hunger. We've updated this report to reflect current data. Kansas has made strides in some areas–such as increased participation in the Summer Food Service Program and School Breakfast–but there is still room to grow: Nearly one in five (18.3%) of Kansas kids is food insecure.
We're working to:
- Connect more Kansans with food assistance (SNAP)
- Help more Kansas kids access healthy, affordable summer meals
- Help increase nutrition program participation in the Kansas's largest district, Wichita-USD 259
- Engage more Kansans in anti-hunger advocacy
- Advocate for Medicaid expansion