Sarah Treuhaft, PolicyLink
Allison Karpyn, The Food Trust
Available online PDF [44P.] at:http://www.policylink.org/atf/
cf/%7B97C6D565-BB43-406D-A6D5- ECA3BBF35AF0%7D/ FINALGroceryGap.pdf
“…..Inequitable access to healthy food is a major contributor to health disparities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adult obesity rates are 51 percent higher for African Americans than whites, and 21 percent higher for Latinos.. ….”
An apple a day?
“…..For millions of Americans—especially people living in low-income communities of color— finding a fresh apple is not so easy. Full-service grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and other vendors that sell fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods cannot be found in their neighborhoods.
What can be found, often in great abundance, are convenience stores and fast food restaurants that mainly sell cheap, high-fat, high-sugar, processed foods and offer few healthy options.