Department of Agriculture released research indicating that More than 29 million Americans live in “food deserts,” meaning they do not have a supermarket or supercenter within a mile of their home if they live in an urban area, or within 10 miles of their home if they live in a rural area — making it challenging to access healthy, affordable food. Low income and urban neighborhoods are most affected by the lack of fresh food availability. As a result, more families rely on cheap processed goods, increasing their risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension.
The good news; you can make a difference!
-Support local farmers by purchasing locally grown produce at small chain grocery stores and farmers markets
-Become a member of a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) community; visit Local Harvest to get started
-Donate to local organizations that facilitate food pantries and offer healthy food options to low income communities