Report outlines benefit of outreach to those who need help buying food in NH

The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute has produced a new analysis of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, and explores New Hampshire’s effectiveness in enrolling beneficiaries in the program compared to neighboring states. The program supports the nutritional needs of individuals and families facing economic hardships and limited incomes. In […]

New report analyzes Monadnock Region food access

The Monadnock Region Food Access Analysis provides a comprehensive analysis of assets and gaps in children’s and families’ food security programs in the Monadnock Region. The analysis was conducted by Southwest Region Planning Commission during the spring of 2021 on behalf of the Monadnock Children’s Food Access Alliance (Alliance). A newly published report includes the […]

Nutrition Incentive Programs Give Low-Income Consumers Better Access to Healthy Food

Policy brief outlines case for public support and NH expansion // The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly called food stamps), is a long-established, well-known federally funded nutrition program that helps millions of low-income individuals and families buy groceries. One in nine families in the United States benefit from participation in the program. Approximately […]

Despite efforts, food insecurity in U.S. remains stubbornly static

New report outlines recommendations A recently released literature review by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire attempts to untangle the relationships between different elements of food security and to identify the role that each component plays in producing food-secure populations, and in turn, healthy, well-nourished families and children. The […]

Food insecurity intensifies during the COVID-19 crisis

Efforts to address policy and structural barriers underway / / The current COVID-19 crisis has disproportionately impacted the economic stability of more vulnerable New Hampshire residents and may lead to further increases in food insecurity, according to a new Foundation-funded report by the NH Fiscal Policy Institute. Reducing food insecurity is one of the Foundation’s […]

Assessment of NH’s Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Workforce identifies important gaps in services

CONCORD NH — While mental health services have historically been targeted towards adolescents and adults, there is growing recognition of the need for increasing the availability and capacity of services and programs to promote healthy social, emotional development for young children and their families. The Endowment for Health and the New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation […]

Helping farmers, grocers and families thrive in rural New Hampshire

Double Up Food Bucks (Double Up), a signature program of Fair Food Network, helps those in need get access to healthy, nutritious food. Double Up matches SNAP (or food-stamp) dollars spent on fresh fruits and vegetables. As part of its work supporting this growing national field, Fair Food Network is sharing tools, lessons learned, and […]

The potential impacts of proposed SNAP eligibility and work requirement changes on food insecurity

The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute’s new analysis, The Potential Impacts of Proposed SNAP Eligibility and Work Requirement Changes on Food Insecurity, reviews the current success of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the risks posed, especially to children, by these proposed federal policy changes. SNAP provides tens of thousands of Granite Staters with means […]

Case study: A Community Comes Together to Protect its Children

MANCHESTER N.H. — Police departments throughout the country respond to thousands of troubling incidents at residences each year where young children are present. These include domestic violence situations, overdoses, sexual assaults and suicide threats. A growing body of evidence indicates that children exposed to prolonged and excessive traumatic experiences like these may suffer life-long effects. […]

Mapping the food landscape in New Hampshire

Even in a relatively well-off state like New Hampshire, food insecurity—the lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life—affects about one in ten residents. With support from the New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation, the UNH Carsey Institute for Public Policy has published a new research brief that assesses New Hampshire’s food […]