Nearly 10% of Texas food deserts are located in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Starr Counties. Residents of low income households living in food deserts have limited ability to access and purchase healthy foods. On the other hand, foods that are nutrient poor but high in calories are often plentiful. A food desert is a geographic area where affordable and healthy food is difficult to obtain, particularly for those without access to an automobile. Food deserts also exist in rural areas and low-income communities. Some research links them to diet-related health problems in affected populations. Food deserts are sometimes associated with supermarket shortages and food security.
To increase the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and SNAP-eligible audiences access to fresh produce by teaching basic gardening skills that allow and promote the development of backyard and community gardens.JOIN US ON FACEBOOK