6 Solutions for People Living in Food Deserts

By: Emily Oberg

Garden on the Go- a mobile produce program aiming to improve access to fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables in neighborhoods in Marion and Hendricks Counties of Indiana. Meant to serve areas with limited access to fresh produce and meant to fight obesity (Indiana ranks 8th in the nation for obesity), Garden on the Go can be found in several locations each day, Monday through Friday. Everyone is welcome to shop at Garden on the Go® – cash, credit cards and food stamps (SNAP/EBT) are accepted.

Ujamaa Freedom Market- a worker-owned cooperative mobile market that sells fresh local produce, healthy prepared foods, household goods and personal care items in communities throughout Asheville, North Carolina on a regular, weekly basis with home delivery service on Sundays; accepting cash, EBT/SNAP and credit cards.

- the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, acquiring, rescuing and distributing food to 90,000 people weekly in 9 counties in PA and NJ. Of the people Philabundance serves, 30% percent are children and 16% percent are seniors. Others who seek food assistance include people with disabilities, single parents, veterans, students and working class families.


California FreshWorks- a loan and grant program that provides financing to food enterprises who are working to increase access to affordable, healthy food in low-income and underserved communities in California. They work with a variety of businesses that grow, aggregate, distribute, and sell healthy food in a way that builds a sustainable food system and reaches people in need.

Peaches & Greens- a niche produce store located in inner-city Detroit. Peaches & Greens serves customers through a standalone produce store, located on the intersection of Third St. and Hazelwood, and a distinctive Produce Mobile Truck. The truck is available for personal deliveries, event catering, selling produce along a designated neighborhood route- think of an ice cream truck that sells fresh produce to children and families.

Minneapolis Healthy Corner Store Program- to ensure that corner stores provide basic staple foods, the Minneapolis City Council passed a staple food ordinance in 2008 requiring Minneapolis corner stores to carry five varieties of perishable produce in their stores. As of August 2009, the Minnesota Department of Health requires WIC-certified stores to carry a minimum of seven varieties (and thirty pounds) of fresh produce.