Where Americans Need Better Access to Food

Do the families in your area have sufficient access to food? Check out the Food Access Research Atlas published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Atlas’s interactive map of the United States shows where people live in “food deserts” — census tracts where a significant number of people live more than a mile away from a grocery store and rural tracts where people live more than 10 miles away. The map also shows where low-income families live 20 miles away from a supermarket and have no access to cars.

Among other uses, the map indicates where urban agriculture, farmers’ markets and other programs could best be located to ensure that all Americans have access to food.