CLEAR 2012 Webinar Series

Community Food Security in Connecticut

Running Time: 00:54:03


Most residents in Connecticut have consistent, dependable access to enough food for active, healthy living. Yet each year there are households that experience limited access to food due to a lack of money or other resources. Between 2008 and 2010, 12.7 percent of residents in Connecticut were living in food insecure households (38% of which were living in ‘households with very low food insecurity’). Although it is extremely difficult to pinpoint where these food insecure households are located, we can look at certain town-level variables to draw comparisons on a town by town basis.

UConn Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy, UConn Cooperative Extension, CT Food Policy Council, and UConn CLEAR have collaborated to develop the new Community Food Security (CFS) in Connecticut Study with an accompanying website with interative map features. The CFS study and website provides a picture of how towns in Connecticut compare to each other under three separate conditions: 1) What is the likelihood that a resident is at-risk for food insecurity?; 2) What is the status of access to food options and geographic proximity to food retailers?; 3) How well are town residents being served through public food assistance services?


Jiff Martin, Sustainable Food System Educator, UConn Cooperative Extension

Jiff Martin is the Sustainable Food System Educator for University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension. Prior to this position, she was the CT State Director of American Farmland Trust (2006-2010) and Food Policy Director at Hartford Food System (2002-2005). She also served as Project Director for Working Lands Alliance (2002-2010), a statewide coalition of farmers, conservationists, locavores, and anti-hunger groups that advocate together for farmland preservation. Jiff has 8+ years of experience working in Connecticut on food and agriculture issues. She helped develop several resources, including: Planning for Agriculture: A Guide for Connecticut Municipalities; Farmland Connections: A Guide for Connecticut Towns and Land Trusts Leasing Farmland; and Community Food Security In Connecticut: An Evaluation and Ranking of 169 Towns.

Adam Rabinowitz, PhD Candidate in Dept. of Agriculture and Resource Economics, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Research Assistant in the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy at UConn

Adam N. Rabinowitz is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut. He teaches food policy and conducts research on policy issues including milk pricing, geographic food access, and marketing to children. He obtained a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He also has worked as the primary research assistant in the Food Marketing Policy Center and the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy since 2002.