Food Desert Census Tracts, Change 2015-2019

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This layer displays the change in census tracts labeled as Food Deserts from 2015 to 2019. The Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Working Group considers a food desert as a low-income census tract where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store.

Low Food Access Population, 2019

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This layer displays the percentage and total population with Limited Food Access across the US. A population is defined as having limited food access if they are living more than 1 mile from a supermarket or large grocery store if in an urban area, or more than 10 miles from a supermarket or large grocery store if in a rural area.

Food Desert Census Tracts, 2019

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This layer displays the location of Food Deserts across the United States based on conditions in 2015. The Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Working Group considers a food desert as a low-income census tract where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store.

Food Insecurity, 2018

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This layer displays information about the prevalence of food insecurity by County, throughout the United States. This data is acquired from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap hunger study. Data are estimates generated by Feeding America, using inputs from multiple data sources, including the Current Population Survey (CPS), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the American Community Survey (ACS).

Locations of SNAP-Authorized Retailers

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This layer displays information regarding the locations and characteristics of SNAP authorized retailers across the US. Data has been updated to reflect stores accepting SNAP as of May 20, 2014.

Food Insecurity Rate by County, 2013

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Layer displays updated food insecurity rates for US counties. Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Data is from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap program, which estimates food insecurity using 2009-13 data.

Locations of SNAP-Authorized Retailers

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This layer displays the locations of SNAP authorized retailers across the US. Data has been updated to reflect stores accepting SNAP as of May 15, 2016.

Access to SNAP-Authorized Retailers

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This layer displays the number and rate of SNAP-authorized retailers in each census tract and county. Locations of retailers are based on the May 15, 2016 USDA directory of SNAP-authorized retailers.

SNAP Recipients by County, 2013

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This layer displays the percentage of population receiving SNAP benefits by county. Data are from the US Census Bureau 2014 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) dataset, released December 2015.