Expanding the availability of nutritious and affordable food by developing and equipping grocery stores, small retailers, corner markets and farmers’ markets in communities with limited access is an important part of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative.
There are many ways to define which areas are considered "food deserts" and many ways to measure food store access for individuals and for neighborhoods. Most measures and definitions take into account at least some of the following indicators of access:
• Accessibility to sources of healthy food, as measured by distance to a store or by the number of stores in an area. • Individual-level resources that may affect accessibility, such as family income or vehicle availability. • Neighborhood-level indicators of resources, such as the average income of the neighborhood and the availability of public transportation.