Food deserts are communities with limited access to affordable or high-quality fresh food, in contrast to “food oasis” areas with nearby grocery stores and an abundance of nutritious foods. Residents in food deserts also have difficulty getting to stores with high-quality produce and food, many times due to lack of transportation. Because of inequity in the distribution of grocery stores, full access to healthy food is often unavailable to substantial portions of the community, often low income people or people of color. This disparity means residents have less autonomy over their choices in obtaining good nutrition, leaving them with unhealthy, processed food choices.
Join us for this webinar to learn how disparities in access to healthy food impacts people’s lives, who is affected by food deserts in Rochester, and solutions to solving this food inequity. Also discussed will be the newly formed Rochester Food Policy Council (FPC), a collaboration between the City of Rochester, Rochester community members, Common Ground Health, and FoodLink, with the mandate of improving access to healthy food in our city.
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