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Brown County proposes creation of emergency food response plan

Posted at 5:20 PM, Oct 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-13 18:23:04-04

BROWN COUNTY (NBC 26) — The proposed Brown County budget for next year includes $5,000 for Extension Brown County leaders to work with community partners on an emergency food response plan.

"The dollar amount is small, but it’s a seed to a much bigger plan and hopefully a community partnership that will lead to us having something in place that we hope we never have to use, but something in place that can identify in the event that we have another disruption or disaster, we can provide for the families and individuals who live and reside here in our community," said Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach.

In the event of a large-scale disaster, the emergency food response plan will have the procedure for helping to equally distribute food to residents of Brown County and create a resilient food system that provides residents adequate and equitable access to food.

"When Brown County is planning and develops a plan for emergency food response, it’s going to impact more than just our borders, it’s going to impact and be a benefit to our citizens and residents here, but also across the region, so that’s pretty cool," said Brown County Supervisor Amanda Chu.

Streckenbach said he thinks creating the plan is a positive approach for the county and might be useful to other communities.

"...if it is (needed), we are prepared and ready to go and like any plan, it’s a living document, we will learn from it and adjust," he said. "This is a small step and something that I wasn't aware of until today is that there are not a lot of these type of plans that are out there that look at a long-term disruption into the supply line."