New Report: The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters

Posted by on March 29, 2010

Improving access to healthy food has suddenly become all the rage.

A celebrity chef has a new network TV show all about food-access. Urban gardens are popping up all across America. And when the First Lady gets behind a movement, you know it’s got real momentum.

For too long, though, the disparate studies on the issue of food access have been diffuse and hard to track down.

That’s why PolicyLink and The Food Trust are pleased to release “The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters” – a first-of-its-kind review of all the available research data on the issue. That’s more than 130 studies conducted during the past 20 years.

Access to healthy food is a key tool in battling our dual crises of obesity and diabetes. A $400 million Healthy Food Financing Initiative, proposed by the Obama Administration, would provide a crucial start – not to mention create tens of thousands of jobs in communities that desperately need them.

The momentum is real…and building. Sign up to receive updates on this burgeoning movement.

P.S. – For more information on healthy food access and obesity, also visit the PolicyLink Center for Health and Place ( and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity (

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