Elizabeth (Izzy) Montgomery, MPA
Food deserts are areas where people have few to no convenient options for obtaining affordable and healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables. These areas lack supermarkets and grocery stores but may have high numbers 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 updated explainer provides an overview of the scope and impact of food deserts in Arkansas and ways communities, businesses, nonprofits, and governments can make healthy food more accessible and affordable.