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  • 1. Utilizing New State and Local Data Sources as Tools for Advocacy
            • Rachel Cooper
            • FRAC
            • March 8, 2010
  • 2. FRAC DATA CENTER
    • New Local Data:
      • Food Hardship
      • SNAP/Food Stamps
      • Poverty
    • Calculators
      • Summer Meals
      • School Breakfast
      • SNAP/Food Stamps
    www.frac.org/data
  • 3. Food Hardship: A Closer Look at Hunger
    • Data from Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index
    • 1,000 households per day since Jan. 2, 2008
    • “ Have there been times in the past twelve months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed”
    • National, state, metropolitan-statistical area and congressional district data available
    • Ex: 22.5 percent of households in the 5 th district suffered from food hardship in 2008 and 2009.
  • 4. SNAP/Food Stamps vs. Poverty
    • Data from a New York Times article by Jason DeParle and Robert Gebeloff -"Food Stamp Use Soars, and Stigma Fades"
    • County SNAP/food stamps enrollment for June 2009
    • Number of SNAP recipients compared to the population under 125%FPL
    • Data every county over 20,000
    • Caveat: Not the same as eligibility
  • 5. Poverty Data
    • Data from the American Community Survey 2006-2008
    • Counties over 20,000 people
    • Includes number and percentage of:
      • Poor children (100%FPL)
      • Children under 185%FPL
      • Total poor (100%FPL)
      • Total under 125%FPL)
  • 6. Example: Arkansas 29.6% 9,072 11.7% 3,577 42.1% 3,006 11.2% 801 Hot Spring County 47.2% 10,166 20.9% 4,503 60.2% 3,478 33.0% 1,907 Hempstead County 45.8% 18,023 18.5% 7,296 50.0% 4,797 24.8% 2,381 Greene County 40.1% 37,669 16.9% 15,873 52.6% 10,626 25.5% 5,144 Garland County 37.6% 37,203 16.3% 16,081 36.7% 9,196 19.1% 4,776 Faulkner County 53.4% 27,291 23.7% 12,099 60.9% 9,354 36.8% 5,661 Crittenden County 43.6% 25,569 19.6% 11,480 54.5% 8,425 31.9% 4,933 Crawford County 40.3% 35,227 17.3% 15,146 43.2% 9,500 27.1% 5,950 Craighead County 38.5% 7,889 15.9% 3,264 40.7% 1,978 16.8% 817 Conway County 45.4% 10,392 18.7% 4,271 50.4% 2,720 24.0% 1,296 Columbia County 40.4% 9,669 17.6% 4,199 46.0% 2,366 28.8% 1,483 Cleburne County 61.6% 13,080 28.1% 5,955 53.1% 2,597 30.9% 1,513 Clark County 45.6% 12,341 18.8% 5,083 59.0% 3,626 27.6% 1,697 Carroll County 35.3% 12,474 16.0% 5,676 45.0% 3,530 20.1% 1,578 Boone County 28.8% 57,277 11.8% 23,370 38.2% 21,062 16.3% 8,981 Benton County 39.0% 15,937 15.6% 6,382 62.0% 4,702 29.4% 2,228 Baxter County 42.1% 9,132 18.0% 3,894 46.8% 2,524 21.9% 1,178 Ashley County Percent Under 125%FPL Total Under 125%FPL Poverty Rate Total Poor Children Under 185% Rate Children Under 185% Child Poverty Rate Poor Children Geography Arkansas State
  • 7. Breakfast & Summer Calculators
    • Used to estimate program participation –Ratio of children eating compared to number receiving Free/Reduced-Price NSLP
    • “Dollars Lost”
    • Additional children
    • Any level of analysis
    • Follows the methodology used for FRAC reports
  • 8. SNAP/Food Stamp Calculator
    • Used to estimate program participation- Local Access Indicator
    • Eligible but not participating
    • “ Dollars Lost”
    • Requires using the ACS – counties over 20,000
    • Methodology in FRAC’s Food Stamp Access in Urban America
    • States with Categorical Eligibility might not want to use
    • Tutorial available
  • 9.