One in 10 N.H. Households Experiences Food Insecurity

Access to healthy food is becoming increasingly difficult in some parts of New Hampshire, as grocery stores relocate and consolidate to cut down on costs, leaving some Granite State residents completely dependent on convenience and corner stores for basic goods.

The new study by Nena Stracuzzi and Sally Ward of the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute finds that more than 10% of New Hampshire households lack food security, defined by the USDA as “consistent, dependable access to enough food for active, healthy living.” Studies show that low access to healthy food leads to higher rates of health conditions such as  obesity, diabetes and coronary heart disease.

The Carsey report “What’s for Dinner? Finding and Affording Healthy Food in New Hampshire Communities” takes a look at recent data on food deserts in New Hampshire.

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