What is a Food Desert?


by Steve McCrossan, Executive Director

Did you know that we have 7 food deserts in our area and 349 total food deserts in North Carolina? Food deserts are low income areas “where residents’ access to affordable, healthy food options (especially fresh fruits and vegetables) is restricted or nonexistent due to the absence of grocery stores within convenient traveling distance.” This means our families often have to shop at mini-marts or dollar stores where food options are limited, expensive, and rarely healthy. In other words, they have to pay more to get less, in both quantity and nutritional value. TheNourishNC backpack program helps battle the negative effects of food deserts by putting healthy food directly into the hands of hungry children. Want to see where food deserts are? Check out this interactive food desert locater.  See the infographic below for other ways to battle food deserts.


Our vision is to be anywhere and everywhere hungry kids need us

NourishNC has three strategic programs specifically designed to provide nutritious food to hungry children in our community.

Click here to learn more about our Backpack Program

Backpack Program

The Backpack Program provides food insecure children, pre-K through 5th grade, with three nutritious meals a day, every weekend, and over every school break.

Click here to learn more about Market On Market program

Market On Market

The Market on Market (The MoM) is a full-service grocery store where food insecure children, pre-K through 12th grade, and their families can shop to choose the food that is best for them.

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Food Farmacy

The Food Farmacy Program provides non-perishable and fresh food items through partner organizations such as schools, pediatrician offices, and other nonprofits.