FACT: According to the Food Desert Locator, Atwood Community Gardens will serve 5,982 low access residents of the Westview Community (30310) of West End Atlanta, GA. NEXT Steps has included this information on its Farmer’s Market webpage.
Part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, the proposed Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) will expand the availability of nutritious food to food deserts—low-income communities without ready access to healthy and affordable food—by developing and equipping grocery stores, small retailers, corner stores, and farmers markets with fresh and healthy food. The HFFI is a partnership between the Treasury Department, Health and Human Services, and the Agriculture Department (USDA). An Interagency Working Group from the three departments, along with staff from the Economic Research Service (ERS/USDA), developed a definition of food deserts to be used with other data to determine eligibility for Federal funds. The Food Desert Locator provides maps and selected population characteristics of census tracts defined as food deserts;low-income neighborhoods without easy access to a supermarket or large grocery store. These characteristics are provided only for census tracts that meet the definition of a food desert.The Food Environment Atlas provides a wider set of statistics on food choices, health and well-being, and community characteristics for all communities in the U.S. While the Food Desert Locator provides information at the census tract level, the smallest geographic level of data in the Food Environment Atlas is the county. The Food Environment Atlas also has an Advanced Query tool that allows users to identify and map counties sharing the same degree of multiple indicators.