Food Insecurity in Johnson County: An Obermann Conversation

Cans on shelf at food pantry

As of five years ago, about 14% of Johnson County residents were considered food insecure, meaning that they had limited or uncertain access to certain and nutritious food. After nearly a year of COVID-19 affecting employment and housing, those numbers are much greater. In this conversation, Obermann Center Teresa Mangum will talk with panelists about how food insecurity is experienced by UI students, children and families in our local schools, and others who are grappling with this urgent issue. Panelists will share the myriad and sometimes unforeseen impacts of food insecurity on individuals, including to mental health and cognitive development. Finally, we’ll discuss ways that we can all contribute to the well-being of our community.

  • Patrick Brady, PhD Candidate, Community & Behavioral Health, UI College of Public Health
  • Katharine Broton, Assistant Professor, Educational Policy & Leadership, UI College of Education
  • Joan VandenBerg, Youth & Family Development Coordinator, Iowa City Community School District
  • Sarah Witry, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Social Work and formerly of CommUnity

This event is co-hosted by the Iowa City Public Library and will be available on Zoom.


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