For more than 20 years, The Food Trust has been working to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food.
If you have a grocery store selling fresh, affordable, high-quality produce in your neighborhood, you might wonder why this issue so vital, but the 29.7 million Americans who live more than a mile from the nearest supermarket don’t have to wonder. They struggle to feed their families healthy foods – travelling great distances to the nearest supermarket, paying higher prices for lower-quality food at corner stores and suffering from higher rates of obesity and other chronic diet-related diseases.
It doesn't have to be that way. Together, we can improve food access and give everyone the information they need to make healthy choices.
Understanding the Importance of Food Access
"We know that a lot of things contribute to poor nutrition and obesity but access is a key issue," says Dr. Giridhar Mallya of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. "People don't have the ability to get healthy foods in their community at an affordable price. That makes it that much harder for them to be healthy overall."
"What we're trying to do now is reinvest in these neighborhoods and bring the food businesses and other businesses back to these neighborhoods," says The Food Trust executive director Yael Lehmann.
"We believe that supermarket access is one piece of a comprehensive approach. While bringing in healthy food stores into neighborhoods, we also want to be teaching kids how to eat healthy in schools, we want to be having cooking demonstrations at recreation centers, running farmers' markets in neighborhoods. We think that all of these things combined is what can improve the health of people and their neighborhoods."