That means millions of people in our country are missing out on some of the most essential ingredients of life. Food deserts are geographic areas, either urban or rural, where access to affordable, healthy food options, including fresh fruits and vegetables, is limited or nonexistent. In food deserts, access is limited by several factors including distance to the grocery store, the number of stores in the area, family income and availability of transportation.1
These communities are low-income areas (areas where more than 40 percent of the population has income at or below 200 percent of Federal poverty thresholds) that are more than 1 mile from a supermarket or large grocery store.1
Food insecurity is a growing problem, and the food security status of each household lies somewhere along a continuum, extending from high food security to very low food security. According to the USDA, this continuum is divided into four ranges as follows:2
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TRISCUIT has been providing whole-grain nourishment as part of a balanced diet to families for generations. That's why the brand believes that everyone in food desert communities across America deserve access to a variety of nutritious, fresh food, like fresh fruits and vegetables to which access is often lacking in food deserts.
TRISCUIT is committing $1 million over the next three years to fuel the innovative efforts of local changemakers who are improving food access in their communities.
We're looking to support local leaders who are driving change and improving access to nutritious, fresh food in food deserts across the country—from stocking community fridges with fresh food to hosting pop-up food banks to meet increased demand for healthy, balanced meals.
Each selected changemaker will be awarded a $50,000 grant to fuel their efforts to address access to nutritious, fresh food in their own communities. Changemakers will be selected based on the innovation of their solutions, the impact of their work on improving access to nutritious, fresh food in communities deemed to be food deserts, and their ability and desire to scale their solutions to reach even more people. Full criteria will be published when the application process opens.
Are you a changemaker? Do you know one? The application process will open soon. Enter your email or the email of a changemaker you know, and we'll let you know when applications are being accepted.