Low income census tracts more than 1 mile from the nearest supermarket
Food environments refer to homes, schools, stores, restaurants, community gardens, soup kitchens, food banks and other physical settings where the cost and availability of food influence what people eat. 
Why is a community’s food environment important?
Limited access to affordable and healthy foods may make it harder for some residents to eat a healthy diet
What factors can influence a community’s food environment?
What are common socioeconomic characteristics of communities with low access to food? 
What barriers prevent those living in communities with limited access from choosing healthier foods? 
What steps can be made to improve a neighborhood’s food environment? 
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2. Economic Research Service. Access to affordable and nutritious food: Measuring and understanding food deserts and their consequences. U.S. Department of Agriculture, June 2009.
3. McCann, B. Community design for healthy eating: How land use and transportation solution can help. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fall 2006.
American Planning Association, Planning for Food Access and Community-Based Food Systems
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CDC, Healthy Food Environment
Community Design for Healthy Eating
Let?s Move Campaign
Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments
USDA, Economic Research Service Food Access Publications
USDA, Food Access Research Atlas
USDA, Food Environment Atlas