Food Desert Locator

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service

From “About the Food Desert Locator“:

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 in determining eligibility for HFFI funds.

ERS’s Food Desert Locator was built using Environmental Systems Research Inc. (ESRI) ArcGIS Server technology. The background topographic and satellite maps as well as the address locator service were also provided by ESRI.

The objectives of the Food Desert Locator are:

  • to present a spatial overview of where food-desert census tracts are located;
  • to provide selected population characteristics of food-desert census tracts; and
  • to offer data on food-desert census tracts that can be downloaded for community planning or research purposes.
  • Food Desert Locator
    For a wider set of statistics, see also The Food Environment Atlas.

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