Just Deserts: 6 Ways to Bring Good Food to Poor Neighborhoods

Studies show that low-income children are much more likely to be overweight than their wealthier counterparts and that more than one-third of adults who earn less than $15,000 a year are obese, while fewer than 25 percent of those who earn more than $50,000 a year are significantly overweight.  Luckily, many forward-thinking programs are chipping away at income-based barriers to good food. Six innovative ideas that aim to expand food access on all fronts—education, availability, and affordability include: grocery incubators, healthy corner stores, food education, farm-to-school programs, farmer’s’ market coupon programs, urban farms and food pantries.

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