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Food Desert Locator

In May the USDA introduced a new tool to help communities, city planners, researchers and policy makers locate “food deserts” in their own backyards.  The Food Desert Locator is an online mapping tool that highlights areas classified as “food deserts” across the country.  To use the map, enter the locator and zoom in to get a closer look.  Click on the areas shaded in pink to see a list of statistics telling you details about the community.

To learn more about “food deserts,” visit the Food Security Learning Center to find out just what makes a community a “food desert,” why they exist, and what creative solutions communities across the country are coming up with to reverse the situation.

Try out the Food Desert Locator at: //www.ers.usda.gov/data/fooddesert/index.htm

Related blog posts: On the Road in Northern California: Lunch Ladies Rule! On the Road in Northern California: Nutrition Banking Is In; Food Banking Is Out

WhyHunger heads West!

BROOKE SMITH , JUNE 1, 2011 tagged as food deserts farm to cafeteria
WhyHunger recently paid a visit to the good people of the Central Coast School Food Alliance in Santa Cruz County. Read our postings for details of the visit and the partnership, and follow our path in pictures in the full photo gallery...   ...
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Yonnette Fleming is a long-time WhyHunger partner and Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Award winner. Based in NYC, her work at Hattie Carthan Community Market in Brooklyn, New York has inspired community members for over six years. The garden "advances community resilience to the issues of food insecurity and health disparities evident in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood by adding nutrition awareness and food security workshops, wellbeing workshops, [and] intergenerational community councils." Recently, Yonnette has been hard at work to install a new component called the Herban Garden. This new venture will allow garden members to grow and process herbs for added-value ventures,  reduce...
For over 35 years WhyHunger has been documenting and promoting the amazing work of community-based groups across the country, spotlighting model programs and best practices.  This year WhyHunger and Growing Power have teamed up to launch the Community Learning Project for Food Justice, a new initiative to build relationships, leadership, and resource capacity development to support community based learning in the food justice movement. Last weekend I joined eight of the 15 organizations participating in this the pilot year of the Community Learning Project for Food Justice for an intensive hands-on weekend workshop at the Growing Power headquarters in Milwaukee, WI. ...
WhyHunger is pleased to be partnering with Andrianna Natsoulas, long-time food sovereignty activist and author of the forthcoming book Food Voices: Stories of the Food Sovereignty Movement.  For the past year, Andrianna has been on a journey across the Americas to capture the stories of people working towards and living...

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Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County located in Watsonville, CA was founded in 1972 and is the second oldest food bank in the country as well as a co-founder of the national association of food banks that is now called Feeding America. Yet, this medium-sized regional food bank...

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Most people think of English charm and a recent reality TV series set in Los Angeles when referring to a certain charismatic and accomplished chef who is taking on school food reform as an issue of immediate and vital concern to future generations. Of course, they are thinking of Jamie...

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WhyHunger is pleased to be partnering with Andrianna Natsoulas, long-time food sovereignty activist and author of the forthcoming book Food Voices: Stories of the Food Sovereignty Movement.  For the past year, Andrianna has been on a journey across the Americas to capture the stories of people working towards and living...

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We are pleased to announce that applications are now available for The Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Awards (HCSRA), a national grant program providing economic resources and networking opportunities to outstanding community-based organizations for their creative and effective approaches to fighting hunger and poverty in the United States. Since 1985, WhyHunger has...

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