One of our top priorities here at A Simpler Place is to improve access to healthy foods for everyone. This means not just those who can afford to shop organic prices or those who have a Whole Foods in their neighborhood. The reality is a good portion of people in our community live in a low access area.
The USDA defines low access as:
Could you imagine having to drive 10 miles to your nearest grocery store? There are probably a dozen fast food places along that route that make a much more convenient option. We think something needs to change there.
So to increase access to healthy foods, our store is located fewer than 10 miles from low access areas. We try to keep our prices reasonable and accept benefits like EBT and SNAP. No one should be withheld the right to eat foods that improve their health.
This is an important issue because it’s something people don’t have control over. Most of the time, people don’t have a say in what food sources go in near them and are left with no other choice than an unhealthy option. We believe healthy food is a human right and no one should be given a greater advantage over it than someone else.
To learn more about low income/low access areas around you, visit the USDA Food Access Research Atlas