Food Access and Public Health

FOOD DESERTS AND PUBLIC HEALTH SURVEY:

The results from the Assets/Gaps survey indicate that “access to healthy, locally grown foods for all socio-economic communities” is the area of least confidence in our local food system.

The term “food deserts” refers to communities or neighborhoods that have limited access to affordable and nutritious foods. These same communities are statistically more likely to suffer from obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related health challenges.

While often considered an urban phenomenon, food deserts affect many rural communities, where transportation cost and availability is even more of a factor than urban neighborhoods.

We have posted several videos and resources that address food access. Take a look at some of these examples and perspectives from our own region:

Food access and published resources

Food access and related videos

Take a few minutes to complete this short survey that captures what you see as some of the best options for addressing this food gap in the Northeast Ohio region.