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Food Assistance Ranking

Data Used for the Food Assistance Ranking:

We have ranked towns based on an examination of participation in public food assistance programs and the availability of public bus transportation. This includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and federal school meal programs (School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, Summer Meals). Unfortunately we were unable to include private food assistance (e.g. soup kitchens, pantries) in this analysis due to data inconsistencies.

 

Considerations for Interpreting the Food Assistance Ranking:

  • To control for varying levels of eligibility across town populations we standardized the participation in public food assistance programs by the eligible town population.
  • Low levels of participation in public assistance programs may be a result of various obstacles in accessing these programs, such as lack of knowledge, difficulty navigating program enrollment, uncertainty about eligibility, and stigma associated with identification of receiving benefits.
  • Optional programs such as National School Breakfast and Summer Feeding Program have a positive impact on this ranking.
  • Public bus transportation is a form of assistance in reaching food retail options and positively impacts rankings.
  • A town's ranking for food assistance provides no information about the quality of food assistance programming.

 

Food Assistance Ranking

Top 10

Bottom 10

1

New Haven

160

Washington

2

Hartford

161

East Granby

3

New Britain

162

Simsbury

4

Waterbury

163

Marlborough

5

New London

164

Sherman

6

Norwich

165

Hartland

7

Bridgeport

166

Bethany

8

Ansonia

167

Weston

9

Windham

168

Union

10

Meriden

169

Easton

Read the How to Interpret Rankings section to understand these results.

 

These rankings are useful for evaluating relative need and performance between towns. For an easier visual presentation we provide maps with the results divided up into quartiles.  It is important to keep in mind that this approach necessitates that one quarter of the towns will rank in the bottom quartile. A town which ranks in the bottom quartile, therefore, may be performing poorly relative to other towns in the state, but our study makes no attempt to measure how a town is performing relative to the region or nation

 

 

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