Basic nutrition shouldn’t just be for the wealthy
One in three Baltimore neighborhoods is currently located within a food desert. These are areas without access to fresh fruit and vegetables due to a lack of grocery stores and the higher cost of healthy foods. Residents living in food deserts are forced to grocery shop at local convenience stores where processed foods are often the only options. Additionally, studies have shown that a lack of supermarkets correlates to higher body mass indexes. This furthers the obesity epidemic and fails to provide kids with the essential vitamins and nutrients they need in a balanced diet. Find food deserts near you using the Food Access Research Atlas sponsored by the USDA.
With Jon’s support, the House of Delegates recently passed legislation requiring new business development programs to offer up to $1 million each year to projects in food deserts. This is a big step in addressing the issue but the problem of food deserts needs more than an “If you build it, they will come” approach. Jon applauds the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative who is working with Johns Hopkins to map and understand the city’s food desert problem, giving legislators information needed to better address the problem. Jon also supports national initiatives such as Let’s Move and the Partnership for a Healthier America who are also working hard to create healthier options.