Food Systems

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Food is an important part of the culture, history and economy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The region’s residents and visitors enjoy fresh seafood, blueberries and other produce. However, many of the region’s residents lack convenient access to grocery stores selling fresh food. The region’s fishers struggle to earn a living wage due to pricing pressures globally which threatens their way of life.

By encouraging more fresh foods in schools, diverting food waste, and supporting the local seafood industry, we can support a healthy region. These strategies will increase food access, grow connections, and strengthen the economy for all in the region to enjoy.

Food System Documents

Mississippi Gulf Coast Food System Assessment (5 MB)
Mississippi Gulf Coast Food System Stakeholder Analysis (1 MB)
Savor the Coast: A Recipe for a Sustainable Coast (6 MB)

Food Systems FactSheet

Staff Contact

Jennifer Cowley
Ohio State University
614.292.5427
Cowley.11@osu.edu