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The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is presenting these data tools for your information and use, but did not create them. These tools may be subject to copyright, and should be used within the terms of use outlined in any copyright restrictions.

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Community Data Platform

Author: Cape Fear Collective
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

The Community Data Platform (CDP) is a cloud-based AWS MySQL database with over 1,000 metrics sourced from public sources, regional anchor institutions, and other community partners.

Examples of NC Food System Assessments

Author: Community Food Strategies
Tool Type: Reports
Sample Resource

This website, compiled by Community Food Strategies, lists examples of food system assessments conducted in North Carolina. The website serves as a resource for individuals and organizations interested in understanding the food system in North Carolina and implementing strategies to address food-related challenges. The referenced documents provide valuable information for policymakers, researchers, and community members who seek to promote sustainable agriculture, equitable food access, and a resilient food system in NC.

Map the Meal Gap

Author: Feeding America
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

This dashboard provides estimates of food insecurity at the county and congressional district levels across the United States. Data are produced annually and available by race, ethnicity, and age group. Using Map the Meal Gap, users can access measures, such as prevalence of food insecurity, average cost per meal, and estimated eligibility for food assistance programs (SNAP, WIC).

Food Access Research Atlas

Author: U.S. Department of Agriculture–Economic Research Service
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

This dashboard maps the selected food access indicators, such as the accessibility to sources of healthy food (the distance to the nearest grocery store), individual vehicles or public transportation availability, and the average income of the family or neighborhood to examine food security at the census-tract level and county levels. The data source is updated every four years (quadrennially), and the website features a comparison between the current and previous cycle data for users to track the difference geographically.

Log Into North Carolina

Author: North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

This dashboard is a user-friendly interactive data retrieval service containing historical information on topics including population, labor force, education, transportation, revenue, agriculture, vital statistics and health, environment and recreation, energy and utilities, and other topics. Each topic category provides comprehensive variables. For example, the vital statistics and health category has detailed data on births, deaths, pregnancies, marriages, divorces, nursing facility beds, beds in general hospitals, persons served in program facilities (NC alcohol and drug treatment centers, mental health development centers), and more. Most data are available at both the county and state levels, and registered users have access to full datasets.

Tri-COG Food Ecosystem Economic Development Strategy

Author: Triangle J, Kerr-Tar, and Upper Coastal Plain Councils of Governments
Tool Type: Guides
Sample Resource

This a brief guide to develop a regional food system model to drive economic development, improve food supply chain, strengthen partnership among diverse stakeholders, and enhance resilience and equity in the local food system. This guide is also a collaboration among 17 counties in North Carolina.

Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics

Author: Sarah Rodman-Alvarez, PhD, MPH, and Kathryn Colasanti, MS
Tool Type: Reports
Sample Resource

This report provides comprehensive metrics regarding food and agriculture in the United States for measuring racial equity status in food systems, which are intentionally selected and categorized by Food Access, Food and Farm Business, Food Chain Labor, and Food Movement for the purpose of county, state, or national use.


Institutional Buyer Interview Questions

Author: Uknown
Tool Type: Focus Group / Interview Questions
Data Collection Tool

This questionnaire surrounds the purchasing patterns and interest in local products, the preferred local suppliers and the partnership, barriers to purchasing local products, etc. The questionnaire offers a high-level overview of organizations’ economic and decision-making practices and informs gaps within the local food system as well as provides perspective on local agricultural sales.