Monday, March 1, 2010

Food Atlas shows Tompkins County food and health data

The USDA has come out with a Food Atlas that shows county-level statistics on food choices, health and well-being, and community characteristics.

Some highlights from Tompkins County:
-almost 1200 households live more than 1 mile from a grocery store and do not have a car.
-almost 12,000 people are considered low income and live more than 1 mile from a grocery store.
-there are almost three times as many fast food restaurants per capita than grocery stores.
-almost 27% of students are eligible for reduced price school lunch.
-84 farms have direct sales to consumers.
-almost 15% of children are in poverty.

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