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Food Desert Task Force

A Partnership with Virginia State University and Virginia Tech Co-Chairing the Task Force

The College of Agriculture’s lead on the task force’s charge in studying food deserts in the Commonwealth.

Food Desert Study


"Living in a Food Desert" Documentary

The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines “food deserts” as areas where people cannot access affordable and nutritious food.  They are usually found in impoverished areas lacking grocery stores, farmers markets, and healthy food providers.  Food deserts contribute to food insecurity, which means people aren’t sure where their food will come from.

The purpose of the Virginia Food Desert Study Report is to determine the current status of food deserts in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The report identifies challenges, consequences, strategies, and resources to address food deserts and offers recommendations for the Virginia General Assembly’s consideration and action.


Envision a future where every citizen within the Commonwealth of Virginia is food secure.  Food deserts are gone; healthy, accessible, affordable food abounds, and food insecurity and hunger are nonexistent

Please click on the following link to learn more and read the report and recommendations.

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