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University of Connecticut College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Community Food Security



The USDA published the Community Food Assessment Toolkit, which provides a series of standardized measurement tools for assessing food security within a community. It includes a general guide to community assessment and focused materials for examining six basic assessment components related to community food security. These include guides for profiling general community characteristics and community food resources as well as materials for assessing household food security, food resource accessibility, food availability and affordability, and community food production resources. Available at:

The Food Security Learning Center with World Hunger Year is an advocate for innovative, community based solutions to hunger and poverty. The Center provides information on community food security strategies such as CFAs and community supported agriculture program assessments (CSAs), community gardens, Food Policy Councils, and land use planning. Available at:

The Community Food Security Coalition has a number of publications regarding community security strategies, programs, and assessments that can be downloaded for free. Available at

The following publications in particular may be of use:

  • What's Cooking in Your Food System? A Guide to Community Food Assessment
  • Whole Measures for Community Food Systems: Stories from the Field.
  • Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities

The Community Food Security Coalition also maintains a website clearing house for food assessment-related tools and resources, including reports and information from numerous past and current assessments. Available at:



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Community Food Security,
Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy

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Community Food Security
Charles J. Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy
1376 Storrs Rd, Unit 4021
Storrs, Ct 06269-4021

Phone: (860) 486-2836
Fax: (860) 486-1932