COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give citizens the opportunity to find out what’s going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to columbiamissourian.com/records.
The records: MU's Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security released the 2013 Missouri Hunger Atlas, a report assessing the state of food insecurity in Missouri and the effects of public programs meant to assist people struggling to acquire sufficient food.
Why you'd want them: The report evaluates an important issue affecting many households within the state, as well as in Boone County.
Where you get the records: Go to http://foodsecurity.missouri.edu/ and click on the heading that says "Research and Projects," then select the option that says "Missouri Hunger Atlas." Scroll down to the middle of the page and select "Full report with county profiles." The report will load as a PDF.
How much it will cost: The information is free.