The Ohio DD Council presents Ohio's Food Desert Crisis, an article series that aims to educate and inform people about the impact of food deserts, which are areas around the state in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food, on Ohioans with developmental disabilities.
A food desert is a geographical area that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food, usually in impoverished areas in both urban and rural settings. These areas do not have grocery stores, farmers' markets, or health food providers that provide fresh foods. Instead, these areas often just have convenience stores and "dollar" stores that provide processed foods that are not nutritious or healthy. Many times for people with develomental disabilities, other barriers add to this issue, such as lack of transportation services.
There are four topics covered in this series. We encourage you to read each one and share the information with others.
- Recognizing a Food Desert
- Impact of Food Inaccessibility
- Impact on Physical and Behavioral Health
- Community-Minded Solutions
About This Series
This series, published in November 2019, was funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. Clay Voytek of O'Neill Communications researched and wrote these articles at the direction of the Ohio DD Council. O'Neill Communications is the Ohio DD Council's Public Awareness grantee.