Recently, policy experts, healthy food supporters and grassroots advocates from a wide variety of organizations attended a Healthy Food Access Campaign training and planning session sponsored by VOICES for Alabama’s Children and the American Heart Association in Montgomery. As an outcome of the meeting, we now have a Letter of Support we’d like you to sign.
Click here to express your support for increasing Alabamians’ access to affordable healthy foods in underserved areas.
We understand this issue can be a lot to digest. So, we invite you to check out this excellent op-ed by Melanie R. Bridgeforth, MSW, Executive Director for VOICES for Alabama’s Children, that explains the issue more in depth. Here’s a quick excerpt:
I take my neighborhood grocery store for granted. There are three of them within a mile of my home. If one of those stores happens to be out of an item that I need for dinner that night, I can make a second stop without breaking a sweat.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for more than one million Alabamians, including 245,000 children, there are no grocery stores down the street. There are no neighborhood markets next door either. In fact, for many of these families, there are no grocery stores across town. They live in what are known as food deserts --- areas where it is difficult to buy healthy and affordable foods. Food deserts are more than an unfortunate inconvenience.
We hope you’ll take the first step in the Healthy Food Access Campaign today!