Let’s put an end to Food Waste and curb Childhood Hunger
The term “food desert” describes neighborhoods and communities that have limited access to affordable and nutritious foods, but there is no standard definition of food desert that is uniformly used among researchers (usccr.gov). According to Illinois Dept of Commerce more than 500,000 illinoians have limited or no access to food.
Food deserts are closely affiliated with communities that are generally of poorer health than communities with ready-access to nutritious food
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) concluded that the majority of studies conducted on the issue have found “that better access to a supermarket or large grocery store [in particular] is associated with healthier food intakes.
Food deserts carry great costs to those who live in them and society as a whole.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences: Report to Congress, prepared by Michele Ver Ploeg, et al, (June 2009), http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/AP/AP036/, (last accessed July 21, 2011), p. 52 (hereafter cited as USDA, Access Report).
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