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Healthy Food Entrepreneurs

Increasing access to healthy foods in low-income communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that 54.4 million Americans who live in low-income communities have low access to healthy foods, which is defined as living more than half a mile from a supermarket or large grocer if in an urban area or 10 miles if in a rural area.01

The lack of access to healthy foods is a serious public health and economic issue. It contributes to higher rates of diet-related diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. It also deprives communities of successful food enterprises that create good jobs.

The Economic Justice Fund is committed to creating equitable food ecosystems by supporting businesses that grow, process, distribute, and sell healthy foods. Learn about the services we provide.

17.7%

of Americans live in low-income communities and have low access to healthy food.02

  1. Low-Income and Low-Supermarket-Access Census Tracts, 2010-2015, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, January 2017.
  2. Source: Same as preceding.