With about 700,000 food-insecure people living in Tampa Bay, the University of South Florida and Feeding Tampa Bay formed the Hunger Action Alliance (HAA), a strategic partnership dedicated to finding solutions to this complex problem.
Over time, various other organizations have joined the alliance. Together, we are working to transform the hunger conversation by utilizing research and education to facilitate a system of continuous improvements that will lead to a healthier Tampa Bay.
Utilizing the life course perspective the HAA has completed multiple studies focusing on the social determinants and mental, physical, and social health consequences of food insecure individuals across their lifespan.
Meals for Minds
Food Insecurity and Age of Menarche
Teen Food Insecurity in Pinellas County, FL
Mobile Pantry Evaluation
Wellcare Mobile Pantry
Farm to Fork
Fresh Initiatives Supply Hub Program Evaluation (FISH)
Factors Affecting Health Among Older Adults
Drawing on the research, the HAA has presented its findings to a variety of audiences. This publicity has raised public awareness about the diverse faces of food insecurity and its economic, health, and social costs.
Interested in the research of the alliance? Explore its recent publications, media coverage, and conference presentations.
Child and Teen Hunger Summit. February, 2019
In February 2018 the Hunger Action Alliance hosted a Backpack Summit for individuals, funders, and nonprofits addressing food insecurity through the use of school backpacks. Currently, the alliance is planning for its next Summit which will continue focusing on the issue of child hunger by speaking about School Food Pantries.
For more information about the summit, please contact our Health Education Associate: Karen Serrano Arce at email@example.com.