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11 Food Desert Heroes Making Change Across America

Redbook Logo By Alex Aronson of Redbook | Slide 1 of 11: Access to fresh food is not just an issue in third-world countries. It's a problem right here on American soil, and it's affecting millions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines food deserts as "areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, and other foods that make up a full and healthy diet." This issue is also compounded by factors like lack of financial resources and an excess of convenience stores rather than large retail markets that stock healthy foods. Due to this problem, many communities in the U.S. struggle with a deficiency of proper nutrition, leading to a significant increase in child and adult obesity.But not all hope is lost. There are some incredible organizations and individuals who dedicate their time to combatting this widespread issue. Read on to learn how 11 amazing groups are doing their part to put an end to food deserts.

Access to fresh food is not just an issue in third-world countries. It's a problem right here on American soil, and it's affecting millions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines food deserts as "areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, and other foods that make up a full and healthy diet." This issue is also compounded by factors like lack of financial resources and an excess of convenience stores rather than large retail markets that stock healthy foods. Due to this problem, many communities in the U.S. struggle with a deficiency of proper nutrition, leading to a significant increase in child and adult obesity.

But not all hope is lost. There are some incredible organizations and individuals who dedicate their time to combatting this widespread issue. Read on to learn how 11 amazing groups are doing their part to put an end to food deserts.

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Editor's note: Throughout the month of May, MSN Causes and MSN Food & Drink are putting a spotlight on the issue of food deserts. We hope to raise awareness around the issue of access to nutritious and affordable foods, connect people in affected areas to resources that can help them and enable others to get involved. Look for the Action Buttons within these articles to find out ways you can make a difference in your community. 

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