New program helps community members access fresh produce

What’s for dinner? For some, making a quick run to the grocery store for fresh produce is not an option. In Suffolk, Virginia, some families must travel as far as 25 miles to buy fresh produce.

In short, they are in a desert — a food desert.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food deserts as “low-income communities without ready access to healthy and affordable food.” Food deserts can be attributed to an absence of grocery stores, farmers markets, and healthy food providers in an area.



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