Check out the articles and videos below to see some of the ways that people and communities around the country are making efforts to improve access to healthy foods. Want to help your community? Find out if there is an initiative already in progress in your area, and if so, consider joining. Or start your own project!
A Prescription for...Vegetables?
In Boston, MA, a pilot project involves doctors at three health centers writing “prescriptions” for vegetables
Over two million U.S. households (2.3 million) live more than a mile from a supermarket and do not have access to a vehicle. (Source)
In the U.S., only 22% of children ages 2-5 met U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommendations for vegetable intake. (Source)
Over 380,000 Chicago residents live in communities where they have to travel farther to buy a fresh apple than to buy a bag of potato chips. However, this number still represents an improvement compared to five years ago. (Source)
Food for Thought
Are you interested in starting a community garden? Check out this fact sheet from the American Community Garden Association.