Understanding Food Deserts

Every year, Society of St. Andrew provides millions of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to feeding agencies that serve people living in food deserts*. Highlighting a number of cities in Virginia, the Virginia State University documentary, Living in a Food Desert, provides a clear picture of the reality of urban food deserts. This 46 minute film is the result of the Virginia Food Desert Study Report that identifies challenges, consequences, strategies, and resources to address food deserts – and offers recommendations for the Virginia General Assembly’s consideration and action. Here is the two-minute trailer for the documentary:


View the full 46 minute documentary on YouTube

* The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines “food deserts” as areas where people cannot access affordable and nutritious food. They are usually found in impoverished areas lacking grocery stores, farmers markets, and healthy food providers. Food deserts contribute to food insecurity, which means people aren’t sure where their food will come from.


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