Modeling the Location of Food Insecure Neighborhoods using GIS

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As the economic recession of the first decade of the 21st century continues to affect the financial stability of many households, emergency food agencies have noticed not only an increase in the number of households demanding their services in traditional central city locations, but also an increase in demand from people who live in suburban and rural communities (Nord et al., 2009; Andrews, 2010). My current research uses principal component analysis and GIS to build a model that can quickly identify vulnerable communities so that they can be targeted with initiatives that provide for greater access to food.

This link shows what is being done in Ypsilanti, MI to improve food security in a vulnerable community.

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