Exploration of Food Security Issues in New Haven CT with a Case Study of the West River Community

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Amity Doolittle
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This project examines the state of food security in New Haven, Connecticut and presents a case study of the West River community. West River is an apt representation of what food insecurity looks like in New Haven: a surplus of convenience/corner stores that carry little or no fresh and healthy food (lack of availability of fresh foods), a demographic of low income households (lack of economic access), and a deficiency of supermarkets in the neighborhood (lack of physical access). In my case study, I am interested in learning about households’ participation in private or public food assistance programs and exploring the question: What kind of project(s) would most likely improve the food security of residents of West River?