Reporting resources for covering food insecurity

Food insecurity is a popular topics among journalists. Having gone through convergence reporting and then being a project manager at the Missouri School of Journalism, I learn that practically every student pitches a story on hunger. We might as well have a countdown to every year’s Missouri Hunger Atlas.

You don’t have to convince me that this is a very important topic. Obviously it’s something that people in the mid-Missouri community struggle with and something reporters sometimes struggle with explaining or when sensitively talking to sources.

So as an ongoing project, I’d like to start a resource link collection that can help journalists covering food insecurity in different ways. I’ll start with Columbia resources and over time expand to Boone County, then mid-Missouri, etc.

Please feel free to share this with anyone you know who is interested in the topic or covering the topic for the media. Also please feel free to comment, email  me or tweet at me with any suggestions about more resources to include even if outside of Columbia, Missouri.

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Using Canva to look at MU Tiger Pantry

Recently I heard about an easy, yet fancy web application for making graphics. I decided to give it a shot to see if this is something that’d be useful in my everyday life.

Now at apps like this are accessible and free, will Adobe Creative Suite become obsolete?

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Life Hack: Faux Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Cinnamon Toast Crunch is my favorite sugary pleasure. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I rarely ever eat it. At this point I buy a box or two maybe a year.

I stray away from buying cereals because I feel like for the price they don’t really provide any nutritional value. To me it’s a waste of money.

However, when I got to the food bank, I do regularly obtain cereal and so what I end up doing is mixing all the ragtag cereals I have and mixing them in a large container. But in a stroke of genius I figured out how to have it taste like my favorite cereal. Continue reading

Free* pizza for life

* Okay so it’s not actually free, but pizza happens to be my partner and I’s favorite thing.

Much of the fixation comes from this song by the folk-punk band, Ghost Mice:

But since we don’t have a ton of money or a clever pizza stealing operation, and our fortunate enough to have a working stove, we’ve spent a good amount of time in the past few months making pizza from scratch.

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Getting clean: Homemade dish washer detergent

I live with four other people and so this week my house had a dish cleaning dilemma. We were all also too busy to go out and buy detergent for the dishwasher.

Meanwhile the dishes were wiling up and cooking space was sparse. One roommate once used dish soap for hand washing in the machine washer and that was a disaster (Think bubbles everywhere), so we new better that to try that.

Instead, with the help of the Internet, we found a very successful and inexpensive alternative.

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Trick or Treat: One creative holiday way to support food banks

According to a study by Food Banks Canada, there is a higher rate of food pantry use in 2013 than during the recession in 2008. Trick or Eat is a youth-supported event where people “trick or treat” for non-perishable goods to donate to local pantries. Learn a bit more about this creative idea to support pantries and celebrate Halloween.

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Raw Vegan Pesto Quick and Cheap

Since discovering this recipe on raw vegan pesto my cooking life has changed. This is my go-to recipe for when I need something fast and substantial and since I’ve reworked the original a bit, I can make it without spending as much money.

Check out the recipe below.


The recipe and process are both super simple and I make it any time I find basil at my local food pantry, since the rest can be so inexpensive. I usually have enough to last me 3 or 4 meals mixed into pasta.

Kelly Edlyn takes a bite out of some finished pesto and pasta mix. Nomz.

Kelly Edlyn takes a bite out of some finished pesto and pasta mix. Nomz.

Hope you enjoy it!