Links & Resources: Food Deserts

A collection of reports and multimedia that discuss food access, community health and policy.

For additional scholarly articles and reports, see recently released documents via a curated online search.



Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences. USDA Economic Research Service, 2009.

Building Healthy Communities Through Equitable Food Access. Judith Bell (PolicyLink) & Marion Standish (The California Endowment), 2009.

Economic and Community Development Outcomes of Healthy Food Retail. Erin Hagan and Victor Rubin, PolicyLink, 2013.

Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2012. American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Care, 2013.

Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Detroit. Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting Group, 2007.

Facilitating Change in the Food Justice Movement. D’Artagnan Scorza, Nikki Henderson, and La Mikia Castillo, Social Justice Learning Institute, 2012.

“Food Deserts”—evidence and assumption in health policy making. Steven Cummins, British Medical Journal, 2002.

Food Systems and Public Health: The Community Perspective. Henry Herrera, Navina Khanna & Leon Davis, HOPE Collaborative, 2009.

Neighborhood Groceries: New Access to Healthy Food in Low-Income Communities. Ed Bolen & Kenneth Hecht, California Food Policy Advocates, 2003.

Re-Storing America’s Food Deserts (Chapter 6 in “Closing the Food Gap”). Mark Winne, Beacon Press, 2008.

Starved for Access: Life in Rural America’s Food Deserts. Lois Wright Morton and Troy C. Blanchard, Rural Sociological Society, 2007.

The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters. Sarah Treuhaft (PolicyLink) & Allison Karpyn (The Food Trust), 2010.

Why Adopt An Obesity Prevention Resolution? National Policy & Legal Analysis Network, January 2010.


Updated 9/2014