Food deserts are areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet. Limited access to affordable, healthier foods is one factor driving negative health outcomes in many communities.
The other defining characteristic of food deserts is socioeconomic: that is, they are most commonly found in low-income areas. That's where the NMTC can help. Since 2003, the NMTC has financed 276 of grocery stores, farmers' markets, food delivery services, food banks, and other projects expanding access to food in underserved areas.
VIDEO: Fresh Food Stories
Seward's Co-Op, Minneapolis, MN
Seward Community Cooperative Friendship Store, a fresh foods project financed in part by the New Markets Tax Credit. Learn more.
VIDEO: Food Bank Stories
Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
Through the NMTC funding, the Food Bank expanded its reach into the Georgia mountain region in 2016 by opening a distribution warehouse and food processing center in Rabun County. The $6.4 million food hub includes a production facility, flash freezing capabilities, a teaching kitchen and a food distribution center. A commercial kitchen was completed in 2017. Learn more from Rural Development Partners