Farm to Table is a partnership effort to increase the availability of fresh produce in local neighborhoods. Visit foodtoshare.org to learn more.
- An unhealthy diet contributes to chronic illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
- Along with the rest of the Central Valley, Fresno County has very high rates of these chronic diseases in our population. Access to healthy and nutritious food can make a difference.
A survey conducted in 2013 at 394 retail stores in Fresno County revealed that:
- Only 20.9% of stores sold 4 or more types of fresh fruit.
- Only 21.2% of stores sold 4 or more types of fresh vegetables.
- Only 42.7% of stores offered all or mostly good quality fresh fruit.
- Only 40.9% of stores offered all or mostly good quality fresh vegetables.
- There are five times more fast-food restaurants than supermarkets in Fresno County.
- Corner and convenience stores stock shelves with processed and packaged foods that are high in fat and low in nutrients instead of fresh produce, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.