In this brief, Jess Carson explores the food landscape of New Hampshire, documenting where lower incomes and low population density might lead to food insecurity, and mapping the locations of various food sources. Much of the northern and western parts of the state have high proportions of low-income residents and low population density, compared with more southern parts of the state. In terms of food sources, retail locations roughly mirror the state’s population distribution, with many options throughout the southern tier of the state and concentration around the Interstate 93 corridor into Northern New Hampshire. While many food support sites, like school-based food programs and retailers that accept SNAP also match the population distribution, community-organized food pantries are more closely aligned with the distribution of low-income populations across the state. Although this brief provides a tool for understanding how to focus investments and efforts around expanding access to fresh, nutritious food, challenges of nutrition and health cannot be addressed through improving access alone. Instead, policymakers and practitioners should continue to consider ways to make food accessible, available and affordable amid this new understanding of the food landscape.


Carsey School of Public Policy

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Spring 6-11-2019


Regional Issue Brief No. 55

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