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Research shows food deserts and food swamps are abundant in minority neighborhoods.

The Food and Nutrition Program

African Americans are more likely to have and die from cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.


The Food and Nutrition Program at The Center for Black Health & Equity was started in May 2021. The Healthy Food Initiative and Healthy Retail Project is funded by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. 

This program works with coalitions in Atlanta, Cleveland, and New Orleans in the hopes of passing legislation and policies that will affect the way unhealthy food is promoted in stores and make healthy food more accessible.

"Communities of color should have choices and not be manipulated with excessive promotion at the checkout area and throughout the store to buy foods that are high in sugar, fat, and salt".