Conducting a Community Food Assessment

Four Key Steps

Organize Research

  • ❦  Identify key stakeholders
  • ❦  Organize initial meeting(s)
  • ❦  Determine the group’s interest in conducting an assessment
  • ❦  Identify and recruit other participants, representing diverse interests and skills
  • ❦  Continue to organize and engage constituents throughout project


  • ❦  Review other assessments
  • ❦  Determine assessment purposes and goals
  • ❦  Develop an overall plan and decision- making process; clarify roles
  • ❦  Define geographic and population boundaries
  • ❦  Identify and secure grants, in-kind resources, and/or project sponsor
  • ❦  Recruit and train staff and volunteers

❦ Develop questions and indicators
❦ Identify existing data and information

❦ Develop research tools and methods ❦ Collect and analyze data
❦ Compile and summarize findings


❦ Discuss findings with community and develop recommendations

❦ Create action plan to implement priority recommendations

❦ Clarify roles and determine whether additional partners should be recruited

❦ Develop media strategy (build relationships, frame message, create news)

❦ Disseminate findings to the public, policymakers and journalists

❦ Advocate for policymakers and others to take action based on recommendations

❦ Evaluate assessment project

For more information contact:

Raquel Bournhonesque, Community Food Security Coalition, or 310.822.5410

Funding provided by the California Department of Health Services and theCalifornia Nutrition Network, with funding support from the US Department of Agriculture.


Author: bryan nettles