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We believe everyone should have access to fresh food. That’s why we’re on a mission to help improve access to nutritious food in food desert communities across America.

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19 million Americans live in food deserts1

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 deserts are one factor impacting a larger, growing issue in the United States – food insecurity.

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

HIGH FOOD SECURITY+

Households had no problems, or anxiety about, consistently accessing adequate food.

MARGINAL FOOD SECURITY+

Households had problems at times, or anxiety about, accessing adequate food, but the quality, variety, and quantity of their food intake were not substantially reduced.

LOW FOOD SECURITY+

Households reduced the quality, variety, and desirability of their diets, but the quantity of food intake and normal eating patterns were not substantially disrupted.

VERY LOW FOOD SECURITY+

At times during the year, eating patterns of one or more household members were disrupted and food intake reduced because the household lacked money and other resources for food.

To learn more about food insecurity, click here.

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OUR MISSION

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.

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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.

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