The Route

THE ROUTE
The Fresh Stop team is constantly working with county leaders, local community centers, area churches and more to locate the best stops. Want to stay up to date on the latest Fresh Stop schedule information? Sign up for email updates, and find us on both Facebook and Twitter.

A link to our schedule can be found here. (Opens in a new window.)

To give you an idea of the scope of the problem in our community, we’re sharing some of our program information below. These numbers and statistics are helping us find the best possible collection of stops to serve the biggest number of neighbors in need.

 A map of local food deserts

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 Local food desert populations

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FOOD DESERTS
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A food desert is a geographic area where residents’ access to affordable, healthy food options – including fresh fruits and vegetables – is restricted due to the absence of grocery stores within convenient traveling distance.

According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture more than 2.3 million people (2.2% of all US households) live more than one mile away from a supermarket and do not own a car.*

In urban areas, economic factors have driven grocery stores out of many cities. An individual’s food shopping trip may require taking several buses, trains or even a cab.

* “Food Deserts.” The Food Empowerment Project 2014.