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The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters

 

 

The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters

A First-of-its-Kind review of Food Access Research

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Executive Summary
Appendix of Studies

23.5 million

The number of Americans don’t have access to a supermarket within a mile of their home

8

The percent of African Americans who live in a census tract with a supermarket, compared to 31 percent of whites

30

The number of miles that 70 percent of Mississippi food stamp-eligible families live from the closest large grocery store

32

The percent increase in fruit and vegetable consumption for African Americans with each new supermarket in their neighborhood

70,000

The number people relying on a typical grocery store in Washington, DC’s lowest-income, predominantly African American wards, compared to one grocery store for every 11,900 people in Washington, DC’s upper-income, predominantly white wards.

5000

The number of jobs created by the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, which provides grants and loans to help locate supermarkets and farmers markets in low-income communities. The Obama Administration and First Lady are trying to bring this program to national scale.