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Food Deserts


Learn more about Food Deserts

  • American Nutrition Association
    • The USDA definition of food deserts: parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas and largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers. 23.5 million Americans live in food deserts.
  • Food Deserts in American Infographics
    • Tulane University’s infographics and statistics on the effects of food deserts, the difficulties for people living in food deserts, and how the situation can be improved.

Programs and Initiatives

  • Corbin Hill Farm Share
    • A Harlem-based nonprofit that delivers fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables to urban communities through a year-round, weekly subscription program. The program also accepts food stamps.
  • MoGro
    • A nonprofit mobile grocery project in northern New Mexico, including Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and rural and tribal communities. They offer weekly, locally-sourced produce shares for $5 for families on SNAP, or $10-25 depending on the household’s income and resources.
  • HealthyRetailSF
    • A San Francisco-based pilot program that helps shops and corner stores in “food deserts” make the switch to selling fruits and vegetables by giving small-business owners $15,000 to $20,000 for new displays, refrigeration and computerized sales systems, and marketing campaigns.
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