I’m not talking about what you had for lunch. I’m talking about the number of people…right in here in American who do not access to fresh and heathy food all due to where they live.
23.5 million Americans live in food deserts—making it impossible for them to get fresh healthy food. So, what’s available to people who live in food deserts? Fast food outlets, corner stores and quickie markets which provide a wealth of processed, sugar, and fat laden foods that are known contributors to our nation’s obesity epidemic. This epidemic leads to other health issues including high blood pressure, diabetes and sadly a much shorter life all due to their where the call home.
UpLift works with businesses across the country to improve access to food by bringing supermarkets, co-operatives, farmers markets and healthy corner stores to underserved communities. Our expertise provides the tools to develop successful food businesses in the places that need them most.
This is the first in a series of blogs from UpLift. Our mission-to build strong communities and social equity by increasing access to food, healthcare, nutrition education and capital in underserved communities. In our monthly blogs, you’ll hear about the four programs powered by UpLift which include:
- Sustainable Food Solutions
- Health Solutions
- Financial Solutions
- Workforce Solutions
All programs support the one main goal: to create access to fresh healthy food and nutrition education for low income communities.