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  • 1. We have begun collecting andanalyzing data on our region’s accessto food. Help us refine our analysisby letting us know if the data tells ourregion’s story…
  • 2. Key Issues… State of food production Supply factors Demand factors Regulatory framework …Other?
  • 3. State of Food :Production In 1969, 40% of our land was used for farming In 2007, just 30% of our land was used for farming Over 4 square miles of agricultural land is converted to other uses every year
  • 4. Supply Factors:Under-utilized Resources 100 SQ MI 711 square miles of land in Buffalo Niagara is classified as “Prime Farmland”.
  • 5. Supply Factors:Under-utilized Resources Only 24 percent of fertile land is used for agriculture.
  • 6. Supply Factors:Preparing for climate change Since 1970, annual temperatures (avg.) across the Northeast have warmed by almost 2˚F. Plants are flowering earlier Extreme heat in summer is becoming more frequent
  • 7. Demand Factors:Food Insecurity in NumbersRecipients of public assistance for food procurement: SNAP* – 54,359 people WIC ** – 20,000 people per month NSLP*** – 33% in Erie; 29% in NiagaraThere are a lot people who qualify but aren’t enrolled in foodassistance programs*Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible,low income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.** Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a federal program that provides nutrition education and foodvouchers for pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to age 5 who cannot afford anadequate diet.***National School Lunch Program (NSLP) proivdes federally assisted meals for low-income children inschool
  • 8. Demand Factors:Inequitable Access to Fresh Food Percentage of households who lack a private vehicle and are outside walking distance to supermarkets: Niagara Co. – over 10% Erie Co. - over 12%
  • 9. Regulatory frameworks:Food Access and Local Governance Up to this point food has been addressed in county plans focused on production A comprehensive approach to food access has not been tackled by many governments in the region Currently, food is regulated primarily through permitting and licensing at the municipal level
  • 10. Are these data tellingthe story of our region’sfood access conditions?

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