DATA AND RESOURCES

Search key on keyboardData to Inform Anti-Hunger Efforts in States

The following table details selected resources that provide highly localized, user-friendly data, maps and reports on hunger, federal nutrition program participation, unemployoment and access to healthy food. Resources are categorized by the types of data they include and abbreviated here using the labels "Hunger" (food insecurity as definted by the United States Department of Agriculture), "SNAP" (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp Program), "WIC" (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children), "CNP" (child nutrition programs, including meals served in schools and child care facilities), "EFP" (emergency food programs), "Work" (unemployoment) and "Food" (access to healthy, affordable food).

 

Title

Organization

Type

Data Year

Geography

Description

Hunger

SNAP  

WIC    

CNP   

EFP    

Work

Food

SNAP Average Monthly Participation                             

USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Data

2006-2010

Nation, state

Provides number of average monthly SNAP participants

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

WIC Program Total Participation

USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Data

2006-2010

Nation, state

Provides number of total WIC participants

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

Child Nutrition Tables

USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Data

2006-2010

Nation, state

Provides number of all participants for several child nutrition programs

 

 

 

x

 

 

 

Food Distribution Program Tables

USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Data

2006-2010

Nation, state

Provides number of all participants and food costs for all participants in several food distribution programs

 

 

 

 

x

 

 

Food Desert Locator

USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Map, Data

2000, 2006

Nation, state, address

Shows census blocks that are low-income neighborhoods with low access to a supermarket

 

 

 

 

 

 

x

Household Food Insecurity in the United States

USDA Economic Research Service              

Report

2009

Nation, state                      

Provides data on food insecurity among all households with data on household characteristics, use of nutrition programs, and household food expenditures                     

x

x

x

x

 

 

 


Alternative Measures of Labor Underutilization for States                                        

USDOL Bureau of Labor Statistics

Data

2010

Nation, state

Provides annual averages for U-1 through U-6 measures of state un- and under-employment

               

                

               

 

 

x

         

National and State Program Data

Food Research and Action Center

Data

2005-2009

Nation, state

Provides state fact sheets on population, poverty, food insecurity, federal nutrition program participation, and state economic policies

x

x

x

x

x

            

 

Food Hardship in America

Food Research and Action Center

Report

2010

Nation, state, Congressional District, 100 largest metropolitan areas

Provides data on food hardship among all households

x

 

 

 

          

 

 

Hunger in America

Feeding America

Report
Data

2009

Nation, state, food bank service area

Provides data on emergency food recipients, with data on household characteristics, food insecurity, and use of nutrition programs

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

Map the Meal Gap

Feeding America

Map

2009

Nation, state, county, food bank service area

Shows number and percentage of all food insecure households by income band, with data on food cost index and funding needed to eliminate food insecurity

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

Food Stamp Usage Across the County

New York Times

Map

2009

County

Shows SNAP use among all households, with data on race and age

 

x

 

          

 

 

 

Low Access Areas as of 2010

The Reinvestment Fund[1]

Map

2010

State, county, city, ZIP, Congressional District, state district

Shows areas of low grocery access; can be mapped against layers showing population, income, transportation options, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

x



[1] The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) finances large-scale neighborhood revitalization projects in the Mid-Atlantic region. Pennsylvania’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative, a widely recognized best practice partnership in increasing supermarket access in urban areas, is one of TRF’s many community investment projects.

 

This resource compiled April 2011 by Marie Lawrence, NCSL State-Federal Relations.