Food Stamp Participation and Market Access in the District of Columbia

Research Report

Food Stamp Participation and Market Access in the District of Columbia

Abstract

This brief provides the first comprehensive look at the age, ethnicity, household size, and location of over 45,000 households receiving Food Stamp benefits in the District. In addition to the demographic profile, we examine the average distance between clients and area supermarkets. The profile highlights the concentrated nature of the city's food stamp caseload, with eight neighborhood clusters accounting for 50% of all recipients. The limited geography of the Food Stamp caseload presents new opportunities for targeted programming. However the scarcity of supermarkets in certain areas accentuates the barriers some families face in finding quality, low-cost food close to home.

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