The Food Desert Near You

[Food desert?  No, I haven’t misspelled dessert.]

On a more recent tour of Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center our tour guide was showing new changes to the logistics for our food pantry and mentioned that the community we serve is in a food desert.

Photo Credit: Jurgen Mantzke

“A food desert is a district in an urban or rural setting with little or no access to large grocery stores that offer fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet. Instead of such stores,these districts often contain many fast food restaurants and convenience stores.”  (Wikipedia)

Access to food often comprises of another 3 daily challenges for the poor living in these communities.  Those challenges include:  (1)  physical access–proximity to walk to grocery stores with fruits, vegetables, etc. (2) financial access–ability to purchase, and (3) education or attitude regarding healthier food options.  Most people in poor areas cannot afford the vehicle(s) or fuel to grocery shop.

This Christmas holiday make sure to do your part to help eliminate families struggling to live in a food desert.

Help the hungry!  Over the next few days we’ll be so stuffed (we can barely move) going from one family to the next for Christmas (like every year).   We should feel a little guilty that there are people around us (and not just downtown) who really don’t have access to food.

With today’s technology, it’s almost inexcusable to not give anything.  You can make online donations to food pantries – these groups are in the hunger business:

Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center (downtown Indy)

Gleaners Food Bank

Butler Basketball Food Drive for Gleaners

Shepherd Community Center


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