Food insecurity

In many low-income communities and communities of color access to adequate and quality food is often lacking.  The United States Department of Agriculture explains that areas where a substantial share of residents live, but do not have adequate access to grocery stores and affordable healthy food sources is defined as a grocery gap.  Areas where grocery gaps are found rely on foods from convenient stores, which have limited fruits and vegetable available but if they are available the prices for these foods are at a higher cost.  Studies show that children born and raised in communities where access to quality nutrition is lacking tend to develop obesity-related problems.  Childhood obesity predicts adult obesity and related chronic conditions such as heart disease and high cholesterol.

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