March 16, 2022

Food Deserts and Ways to Improve Access to Food Options

What is a food desert? 

Food deserts are areas where people have very limited access to healthy and affordable food options. This can include a lack of nearby grocery stores and fewer options for fresh or prepared food.  

Access to a diverse range of food options is extremely important to have a thriving community. According to the USDA, an estimated 17.1 million people in the United States are living in a food desert with limited access to a large grocery store or supermarket.

Food deserts are viewed as a serious public health concern and there are many ongoing policy initiatives to address and increase food options in these areas.

Local initiatives that support access to food

There are many government and community initiatives that have potential to reduce the effects of food deserts and increase access to food. This includes supporting and participating in local farmers markets, community gardens, and government nutrition programs.

How is Tre’dish helping? 

Tre’dish strives to give home chefs and culinary entrepreneurs a platform to offer their choice of menu items to customers in their local community. This has the benefit of introducing new food options to customers living in a food desert. The start-up costs for a home chef to cook out of their own home are much more manageable than opening a new business. Therefore, an efficient way to utilize the resources within a community is to encourage its residents, that have a passion for cooking, to open their own home kitchen  

Tre’dish allows customers to support local culinarians and the movement towards more nutritious and affordable food options in their area. 

References
Food Access Research Atlas. Documentation. USDA ERS – Documentation. Retrieved March 14, 2022, from https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-access-research-atlas/documentation/
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