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Economic Well-Being

Family economic success provides a critical foundation for healthy child development, which in turn is related to more positive outcomes in adulthood. Ongoing exposure to economic stress and hardship can negatively affect children’s physical and mental health, academic achievement, and social-emotional well-being.

Food Environment Index Data Set

Measure of the food environment accounts for both proximity to healthy foods and income. Access to healthy foods, locations for health food purchases, and the lack of access to healthy food due to cost barriers are included. Years included: 2020 | Source: County Health Rankings

Annual Food Budget Shortfall Data Set

The annual food budget shortfall is calculated by taking the average of the total annualized additional dollar amount that food-insecure populations report needing to cover just enough food to meet their needs. Years included: 2020, 2021 | Source: Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap

Homeless Students Data Set

Students experiencing homelessness are any students who are enrolled in an Indiana school and do not have a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Years included: 2023 | Source: Indiana Department of Education via IYI Data Request

Child Food Insecurity Data Set

Food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent or dependable access to enough food or a disruption in routine nutrition so that every person in a household can live an active and healthy lifestyle. Food insecurity can be caused by long-term circumstances such as lack of income and resources or by external and sudden financial changes. Hunger is a feeling when an individual does not have food, whereas chronic hunger is a direct result of food insecurity and is a state of long-term undernourishment. Years included: 2020, 2021 | Source: Feeding America

Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Enrollment Data Set

Free and reduced-price lunches at school are provided to income-eligible families through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Years included: 2023 | Source: Indiana Department of Education via IYI Data Request

Practical Strategies for Working with Youth in Poverty

Indiana Youth Institute Resource Guide

Indiana’s Wealth Gap

Indiana Youth Institute Data Brief

An Emerging Crisis: Housing Insecurity in Indiana

Indiana Youth Institute Data Brief

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