This indicator reports the percentage of the population living in census tracts designated as food deserts. A food desert is defined as a low-income census tract, where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store. This data is relevant because it highlights populations and geographies facing food insecurity.
FROM THE SURVEY:
- While 76.21% of respondents belie that fresh and healthy food is accessible in Dubuque, 57% do not believe it is affordable.
FROM THE DIALOGUES:
- Since it began accepting SNAP benefits as a payment, the farmers market has become more inclusive and has made healthy, local food more accessible by all populations.
- While there is an abundance of fresh, healthy food available, it may not be easy to access or affordable for those with limited income or access to transportation.