Arkansas Food Deserts

January 1, 2017


Joseph W. Thompson, MD, MPH
President & CEO


Food deserts are areas where people have limited access to affordable healthy food such as fruit, vegetables, whole grain products, and low-fat milk.1 The areas lack supermarkets and grocery stores but may have a high number of convenience stores and corner stores that do not stock many healthy foods. In addition, existing supermarkets are located far from where people live.

This fact sheet provides an overview of the scope and impact of food deserts in Arkansas and ways communities, businesses, non-profits, and government can make healthy food more accessible and affordable.