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Food Insecurity in Delaware: A Triangulation of Spatial Data Sources


Two maps depict the burden of food insecurity and number of food pantries by zip code in New Castle County, Delaware. The maps show that food insecurity burden and food pantries are concentrated in northeastern New Castle County, particularly in zip codes 19801, 19802, and 19805. Other zip codes throughout the county have elevated burdens of food insecurity but relatively few food pantries.

Figure. Distribution of food insecurity summary scores (Map A) and food pantries (Map B) in New Castle County, Delaware, by zip code. Inset shows the location of New Castle County. The burden of food insecurity is highest in three zip codes (19801, 19802, and 19805) in northeastern New Castle County that also have relatively high numbers of food pantries. Food insecurity burden was estimated by using a summary score that combined patient screening data and American Community Survey data for household poverty and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation. Data sources: ChristianaCare, 2018–2019 (1); US Census Bureau American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2013–2017 (2); 2-1-1 Delaware, 2019 (3).

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