About 3.2% (over $69 billion) of food and beverage expenditures in the United States, and 3.7% ($3.1 billion) of expenditures in New England, are made at institutions. While institutions are credited with only a little more than 3% of food expenditures, these market channels provide some of the clearest insight available on regional sourcing progress and potential. Institutional markets, while their purchasing power is significantly smaller than grocery stores and restaurants, are a potential source of food for 1 in every 4 New Englanders. School meals are especially important to children from low-income families for whom these meals provide a majority of daily nutrition. In some institutional settings (e.g., prisons), consumers are entirely reliant on the food provided for extended periods of time with no choice in what is offered.

Note About Connecticut Maps: Although Connecticut has not had county governments since 1960, county boundaries have historically been used to depict data. For example, all USDA Census of Agriculture data for Connecticut is collected at a county-level. In 2022, the U.S. Census Bureau shifted to using Connecticut's nine planning regions as county equivalent geographic units for data collection. This has presented a challenge for depicting data for Connecticut's planning regions in Tableau. This mapping challenge has not been resolved yet, but when a solution is available we will update Connecticut maps.