Research done by the American Heart Association found that more than 1.7 million people in Virginia, live in areas with limited access to supermarkets.
The American Heart Association wants lawmakers to start The Virginia Grocery Investment Fund.
It would help to bring grocery stores into urban and rural areas around the Commonwealth.
I spoke with one farmer who is already trying to do his part to help his community eat better.
“If the state could find some money to help support efforts like this and other efforts, like helping grocery stores locate in these neighborhoods, that would be awesome,” said Rick Williams, owner of Lick Run Farm.
Rick Williams is the owner of Lick Run Farm is Southwest Roanoke.
He grows fresh vegetables to sell to his neighbors.
“I get really appreciative comments about being in the area and providing food that they wouldn’t normally have access too,” said Rick Williams, owner of Lick Run Farm.
He believes The Virginia Grocery Investment Fund would be a great help especially in his neighborhood where he says people don’t really have healthy food options.
“Even the grocery stores that might want to start up here, in some of these neighborhoods, do not carry what I would consider to be a real healthy balance of product. I don’t want to be critical and I’m not trying to tell anyone else how to do their business, but some of the stores tend to focus on more processed fast food, high sugar content kinds of things,” said Rick Williams, owner of Lick Run Farm.
According to the American Heart Association, 480,000 of those 1.7 million who don’t have access to grocery stores are children, which is why they say this fund is very much needed in the state.