The Food Desert Project

August 3, 2015

USDA's Economic Research Service estimates that 23.5 million people live in food deserts. More than half of those people (13.5 million) are low-income. This lack of access to nutritious food contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher levels of obesity and other diet-related illness, such as diabetes and heart disease.
I feel extremely lucky to be able to access local fresh produce pretty much everywhere I turn in TX. The above picture posted on my Instagram account is a call to end food deserts and ensure we all have access to healthy affordable food.  The company Nakedjuice is currently running “The Food Desert Project” campaign to give 500,000 pounds of fresh produce to food desert communities. All you have to do is post a picture holding a vegetable or fruit, use #DrinkGoodDoGood, and they will donate 10 lbs. of produce to families in need.

What else can you do to help eliminate food desserts? These two websites provide useful information about programs and grants available, with toolkits and guides to implement initiatives in your community.

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