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 that may make it harder for some Americans to eat a healthy diet and could negatively affect their health.
The other defining characteristic of food deserts is socio-economic: that is, they are most commonly found in low-income areas. That's where the NMTC can help. Over the past decade, the NMTC has financed hundreds of grocery stores, farmers' markets, and other projects expanding access to fresh food.