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VSU Unveils Food Desert Study Findings

Published date: February 23, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food deserts as areas with limited access to affordable, nutritious food.  They are usually found in impoverished areas lacking grocery stores or farmers markets.

Determined to rid Virginia of food deserts that threaten the lives, health and well-being of citizens, Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture, in partnership with Virginia Tech, has completed a comprehensive study confirming the existence of food deserts in the state.  The study identified food deserts in eight rural and urban localities.  It suggests that leaving this plight unaddressed could result in escalated health-care costs and lead to increased adult and childhood obesity rates. Read the study here. The College invites all community partners and concerned citizens to join in a galvanized effort to address this malady.

VSU is unveiling its public awareness campaign on Sunday, March 1 at 5 p.m. at the Byrd Theatre located at 2908 West Cary Street, Richmond VA, where it will present its documentary “Living in a Food Desert”.  Following the premiere, actress/producer Daphne Maxwell Reid will host a panel discussion. This event is being held in conjunction with the Richmond International Film Festival.  Purchase tickets online at

For more information, contact Cheryl Crawford, administrative assistant, at (804) 524-5961 or email  Anyone requiring special services or accommodations are asked to make the request in advance.

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