Date of Completion

Spring 5-8-2011

Thesis Advisor(s)

Rigoberto Lopez

Honors Major



Agricultural and Resource Economics | Economics | Other Economics | Public Economics


Assessing Food Security Across Connecticut Towns for 2009 Food security is an increasingly critical issue in the United States with health-related issues consistently on the rise. Community food security, an extension of household food security, should be measured in order to better understand the food systems of towns and cities in Connecticut.

This study measured community food security on the town level in Connecticut through quantifying approximately 40 indicators of food security including socio-demographic factors, community food resources, household food security, food resource accessibility, food availability and affordability, and community food production resources. The towns and cities in Connecticut are then ranked from best to worst community food security. The 10 key indicators are also correlated in order to see which indicators most closely relate to community food security rankings. The results of this study will be used to further analyze the community food security of towns and cities in Connecticut and eventually advise policy-makers in decisions about efforts to better the food system and increase food security.