Date of Award

Spring 4-28-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Austin H. Johnson

Second Advisor

Celso Villegas

Third Advisor

Christopher Dum


Food insecurity in rural America is becoming an issue that is growing in both size and scope of who is affected. Understanding the existing solutions and evaluating their given effectiveness will allow for current public policy solutions to adapt accordingly. This study conducts a case study of an existing food distribution center located in Bladensburg, Ohio, a township of Knox County. The evaluation of the organization is conducted through a mix of social capital and social network theories, theories of social infrastructure, and theories of Entrepreneurial Social Infrastructure (ESI). By examining the ways in which this organization has effectively been able to connect with the existing communities in the area via practices of community stewardship and open dialogue, this paper recommends ways in which outside resource networks can better assist rural localities.

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