What is a food desert?

What is a food desert?

What is a food desert?

The USDA defines food deserts as neighborhoods or towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options. It is estimated that 23.5 million people live in food deserts.

Where are food deserts located?

They are located across the country from New York City to Louisiana, mostly in urban neighborhoods and rural towns. InĀ urban areas, food deserts are defined as areas that don’t have access to fresh food within a mile radius. For rural areas, that radius is 10 miles.

Food deserts and obesity

The lack of access to healthy foods contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. In fact, the highest areas of reported obesity in the country are found within food deserts.

What can you do to help?

Collect food at your local supermarket to donate to food banks that deliver food to these areas. Find the food desert closest to you here.

Nourish SnacksĀ helping!

Nourish Snacks teamed up with Tessemae’s for the first ever Crop Circles event in Compton, California, the first in a larger initiative to help combat food deserts across the country and provide fresh and healthy food, beverages, and produce to communities that otherwise only have access to processed, un-fresh food. Watch the video here!


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