As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drive food insecurity rates for Alabama families, End Child Hunger in Alabama (ECHA), an outreach initiative led by Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences, has launched a comprehensive project to ensure all Alabamians can find nutritious food near them.
The ECHA County Food Guide Project is an interactive map of Alabama counties housed on the ECHA website. Once you click on your county, you will be directed to a page that lists food resources near you. Volunteers and community partners maintain and update the map on a regular basis with up-to-date information.
“The ongoing health crisis continues to take a toll on families in Alabama and around the globe. Sadly, the impacts of this virus are reaching our youngest citizens, and for some, this could mean worrying about their next meal,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “As a longtime advocate for End Child Hunger in Alabama, I am proud to see them introduce a new, comprehensive tool that will greatly aid those who need it most, especially during the evolving COVID-19 situation.”
ECHA is a network of key state leaders representing both public and private sectors working together to end child hunger in the state of Alabama. The County Food Guide Project is an extension of their mission under the current circumstances in which families may be especially pressed to find food.
“ECHA partnering organizations diligently work to ensure every child in Alabama has access to nutritious foods,” Alicia Powers, managing director of Auburn University’s Hunger Solutions Institute, said. “In the case of COVID-19, access must include not only ensuring the physical presence of a food resource but also informing the public of the most up-to-date operating procedures for food resources. As facilitator of ECHA, Hunger Solutions Institute is pleased to coordinate and maintain the County Food Guides supporting Alabamians as we all continue to navigate the impact of COVID-19.”
For more information and to use the interactive resource map, visit aub.ie/foodguides .