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Arkansas Food Policy

The Food Policy section of this website is designed as a resource to assist the user in increasing their understanding of public decision making by providing sources of information, data, analysis and news on food specific public policy issues impacting Arkansas’ agricultural and rural sector.

Food Assistance Landscape: FY 2012 Annual Report

EIB-109, March 15, 2013

In this report, the Economic Research Service uses preliminary data from USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and several ERS reports to examine trends in U.S. food and nutrition assistance programs through fiscal 2012 (October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012).

Food Insecurity Among Households With Working-Age Adults With Disabilities

ERR-144, January 10, 2013

This report examines the effects of disabilities on household food security using newly available data on disabilities among adults from the Current Population Survey.  The research considers both adults who are unable to work due to their disabilities, and adults with disabilities that do not necessarily prevent employment.

Assessing Potential Technical Enhancements to the U.S. Household Food Security Measures

TB-1936, December 31, 2012

Assessment of five potential technical enhancements to the methods USDA uses to measure household food security.

Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Updated Estimates of Distance to Supermarkets Using 2010 Data

ERR-143, November 28, 2012

Efforts to encourage Americans to improve their diets and to eat more nutritious foods presume that a wide variety of these foods are accessible to everyone.  But for some Americans and in some communities, access to healthy foods may be limited.  Using population data from the 2010 Census, income and vehicle availability data from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey, and a 2010 directory of supermarkets, this report estimates that 9.7 percent of the U.S. population, or 29.7 million people, live in low-income areas more than 1 mile from a supermarket.

Statistical Supplement to Household Food Security in the United States in 2011

AP-058, September 05, 2012

This Supplement contains statistics that complement those provided in the Economic Research Report, Household Food Security in the United States in 2011 (ERR-141). The Research Report provides the primary national statistics on household food security, food spending, and use of Federal food and nutrition assistance programs by food-insecure households.