In recent years, efforts to eradicate food deserts has centered around bringing grocery stores and other healthy food retail to underserved areas. However, because healthy food retail development takes time, there are still many food deserts where healthy food retail may not be an option any time soon – so it’s critical to consider how people are getting to and from the places where they currently buy or get healthy foods.
There are four ways healthy food access advocates can ensure their efforts to bring healthy food retail to neighborhoods will result in improved access for people who rely on walking, biking, and taking public transportation:
Engage people directly affected by lack of safe, convenient transportation
- Partner with active transportation advocates
- Work with grocers
- Consider transportation access to new healthy food retail
Access the full story for more detail on how these four methods can increase healthy food access.
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