New Article: Delivering to deserts: New data reveals the geography of digital access to food in the U.S.

Posted by Brookings Institution on May 31, 2022

The Brookings Institution published a brief exploring the digital food services footprintand the accessibility of these services across the country. With limited access to grocery stores and restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans turned to web- and app-based services offering everything from groceries to pre-cooked meals. The authors found that digital food services are available to almost all people, including those living in “food deserts.” Despite the numerous benefits, “this new component of the food system” does not solve food insecurity. Those without the financial means or lack of digital connectivity are unable to access these services. The authors call on regulators, local practitioners, and industry leaders to build strategies that address these barriers.

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