Healthy Food Access
Access is an essential first step in empowering consumers to purchase and consume healthy foods. Healthy foods must be affordable, plentiful, and easily obtained to be considered accessible. Households unable to obtain enough food to live healthy and active lives through socially acceptable means are defined as “food insecure.”
Access to healthy food is identified by a number of factors:
- Physical- Do I live close to a food source or have consistent transportation to reach one?
- Financial- Can I afford the food?
- Nutritional- Is enough food available to provide me with a balanced diet?
- Cultural- Am I familiar with the food and is it consistent with my traditions?
Individual stores, local food assistance programs, community support, and federal programs are all critical to providing an accessible healthy food environment. Here you will find tools and resources for promoting access in a variety of settings.