Access to Healthy Foods

The Challenge:

Access to high quality, affordable foods like, whole grains, low-fat milk, fruit, vegetables, and lean meat, are important to help build a healthy diet for individuals and families.

According to the USDA, a balanced diet of these healthy foods helps reduce risk factors for chronic diseases like Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension. Grocery stores and fresh food retailers play a critical role as they make neighborhoods livable and help local economies thrive. (

The problem is felt most by low-income communities of color. People living in low-income neighborhoods must either make do with the foods available in smaller local stores, which are very often less healthy and more expensive, or spend nearly 20 minutes traveling to the nearest large retailer. (

Local Facts:

About 36,600 Omaha Public Schools students qualify for free or reduced lunch, which is 69.96% of the student population. (Omaha Public Schools, 2017)

When compared to other counties in the United States, Douglas County has: