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The most recent Oklahoma food insecurity rate reported from Feeding America was 16.2% in 2015, which was 2.8% higher than the national food insecurity rate (13.4%). The Oklahoma child food insecurity rate reported at that time was 22.6%, which was 4.7% higher than the national child food insecurity rate (17.9%). Food insecurity not only causes hunger but also developmental problems in children and chronic illness across all ages, which has cost the state billions of dollars in healthcare costs. This  is due impart to failure in the food system.  A food system is the sum of all activities needed to supply food to the community, from growing it on the farm to setting it on the table. The Oklahoma State Dept. of Health started a food systems initiative combining ideas from the Oregon Food Bank's FEAST program and the Minnesota Food Charter (both anti-hunger projects) in order to empower Oklahoma communities to establish food security and efficient food systems to improve the health and wealth of our communities, our state, and our country.

(FEAST youtube video could go here)

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