TOPEKA, Kan, (WIBW) — The Shawnee County Health Department is asking for the public to help address food insecurity issues.
The department said one in eight households in the county are listed as food insecure or located in a food desert.
They created the Food and Farm Advisory Council to find solutions to the problem.
A County Commissioner and City Council member will be part of the group with residents filling the rest of the spots.
“Farmers. We’re looking for folks that are at the grocery stores. We’re looking for producers, distributors. We’re looking for people in waste management. One of the things that we specifically do as well as part of the task force that I’m on is we’re specifically looking at also is engaging youth. We’d like to have a youth member on our board as well,” The Health Department’s Craig Barnes said.
Applications for the council will be available at two informational meetings July 18th.
The meetings will take place at the Health Department from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.