This webinar is a part of our 2012 webinar series covering a broad range of topics related to land use planning, land cover research, natural resource protection and geospatial technology.
Community Food Security in CT Abstract
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:
- What is the likelihood that a household is food secure?;
- What is the status of transportation access to food and geographic proximity to food retailers?;
- How well are town residents being served through public and private food assistance services?