Shining a Light on the Valley of Heart’s Delight
“With all of the wealth in the Silicon Valley the fact that certain communities do not have access to fruits, vegetables, and other healthy food alternatives is an injustice that should not be accepted.”
Food Empowerment Project’s report, “Shining a Light on the Valley of Heart’s Delight: Taking a Look at Access to Healthy Foods in Santa Clara County’s Communities of Color and Low-Income Communities” (PDF) reveals important facts about food injustices taking place right in our own backyard. We started here, knowing that this issue is a nationwide problem and our work will not end here.
We began this project in 2009 with a goal of having accurate data so that we could speak effectively and credibly about the inequity in the food system when it comes to the lack of fruits, vegetables and vegan options in communities of color and lower-income communities.
Some of our findings:
- There are twice as many large supermarkets in higher-income areas than in lower-income communities.
- In the lower-income areas, there are nearly twice as many liquor stores and 50% more meat markets than were found in the higher-income communities surveyed.
- On average, higher-income areas have twice as many locations with fresh fruits and vegetables available compared to lower-income areas.
- Alternatives to ‘meat’ and dairy were only available in 2% of the locations in lower-income communities.
- Organic produce was virtually non-existent in the lower-income communities.
All of the survey work, writing and editing of the report was done with the help of our wonderful volunteers. Thank you.
Download a copy of the report to learn more and find out why we care about these issues! We hope to have printed copies soon to share with you – so do let us know if you want a printed version.
Thank you again for your continued support of Food Empowerment Project and please help us spread the word – Santa Clara County is not alone when it comes to issues of food injustice!