Collaborating for Food Security in Blaine and Camas Counties, Idaho

Ensuring that all residents of the Wood River Valley (WRVR) region have access to healthy foods produced in Blaine County (BC) and Camas County (CC) is a priority. More than 260 people from 23 Idaho counties, 37 Idaho cities, two tribes and six neighboring states gathered in Boise to discuss hunger in Idaho and plan the next steps. Research has revealed that the distribution of food mass follows a gamma distribution across all spatial scales, meaning that most nodes exchange small amounts of food while some exchange large quantities. To understand the temporal trends of national food flows, estimates of how high-resolution food flows vary over time are needed.

This would help to identify space-time risks in food supply chains, critical infrastructure and environmental footprints. The Idaho Food Bank has been adapting and evolving for decades to meet the needs of those struggling with food insecurity across the state. The U. S. Census Bureau collects data every 5 years which is used to create the CFS (and later, the FAF database).

This is a key requirement for the food flow model which was used to determine the main counties in the U. food flow networks. The improved version of the food flow model was used to estimate food flows between counties in the U. Department of State over time. The total mass flow of the county networks and the FAF matched perfectly due to the mass balance restriction of the food flow model.

There was also a significant increase in food flows within Florida counties and between counties in Washington. California counties have a larger area than counties in other parts of the U. S., meaning that if resources are allocated to them, a greater mass will be obtained. The food flow model is a data-based approach for estimating food flows with accurate spatial resolution over time. For example, Los Angeles County (California) and Los Angeles County (California) consistently rank in the top 10, even though the CFS area between Los Angeles and Long Beach does not always rank among the top of the FAF. The objective of this document is to estimate food flows between counties in the United States over several years.

To do this, future research should focus on determining vulnerabilities and resilience that exist in national food supply networks. By understanding these trends, we can better collaborate with local governments and organizations to ensure that all residents of Blaine and Camas Counties have access to healthy foods produced in their region.