Original ArticlesLooking For Food Food Access, Food Insecurity, and the Food Environment in Rural MississippiHossfeld, Leslie H. PhD; Rico Mendez, Gina PhDAuthor Information Department of Sociology (Dr Hossfeld) and Social Science Research Center (Dr Mendez), Mississippi State University. Correspondence: Leslie H. Hossfeld, PhD, Department of Sociology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762 ([email protected]). Some portions of this article are also included in Food and Poverty: Food Insecurity and Food Sovereignty among America's Poor. Forthcoming Vanderbilt University Press.The authors thank Claudette Jones, Mississippi State University Stennis Institute for assistance with Figure 1.The authors declare no conflict of interest. Family & Community Health: April/June 2018 - Volume 41 - Issue - p S7-S14 doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000182 Buy Metrics Abstract Mississippi has the highest food insecurity rate in the nation, and while the overall pattern of food insecurity has declined in the United States, for Mississippians it has plateaued, remaining significantly higher than prerecession rates. In addition, the food environment of the state is characterized by low healthy food access, high persistent poverty, and a primarily rural landscape. This translational research seeks to bridge thinking on agriculture policy, nutrition, food access/food insecurity in seeking to understand the paradox between obesity and poverty in rural Mississippi. Examining food system opportunities as potential solutions to food access and healthy outcomes is explored. © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.