Examining Disparities in Food Access and Enhancing Food Security in Underserved Populations (2014)

Client Organization: 
Project Location : 
Michigan. This project can include other states depending on student interest.
Summary of Project Idea: 

Michigan is a state in which food insecurity and lack of access to healthy foods are major concerns. Michigan is an important case study for what has become a global problem. In recent years there has been a rise in food insecurity globally and policymakers and practitioners alike are seeking solutions. The global trends are mirrored in the United States as millions of Americans are food insecure. Our research is aimed at understanding the disparities in access to healthy foods in the state of Michigan. Our goal is to promote strategies for enhancing food security of underserved populations in the state. This involves examining: school meals, farmers' markets, urban farms and community gardens, and small scale farms to improve access across the state to healthy, locally-grown foods. 

SEAS Program Areas: 
Environmental Policy and Planning
Environmental Informatics
Environmental Justice
Sustainable Systems
SEAS Faculty Advisor: 
Dorceta E. Taylor
Master Students Involved in Project: 
  • Stephen Ahn, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems
  • Kenneth Johnson, MBA/MS Environmental Justice/Sustainable Systems
  • Mary Lutton, MS Environmental Justice
  • Ima Otudor, MS Sustainable Systems
  • Juliana Pino, MS Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Mark Yoders, MS Environmental Informatics
  • Connie Yu, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems
Project Status: 
Past Project