Fighting Food Insecurity
Access to nutritious food should be a necessity not a luxury. But today, too many people across Indianapolis and our country are struggling to find the healthy food they need. More and more supermarkets are closing their doors and public transportation is often located a mile or more away.
That is why I recently re-introduced the Food Deserts Act in Congress. This bill creates new avenues to fund stores in underserved communities by facilitating low interest loans for new and existing grocery stores in food deserts. The bill ensures that recipients of these loans will use them to provide affordable, healthy food, like fresh produce, milk, bread, and meat.
Green areas mark where food deserts are in Indianapolis. Photo: Courtesy USDA
Access to healthy food is something many of us take for granted. But, despite our own experiences, we must remember that millions of Americans are struggling every day to feed their families. I hope to strengthen existing federal programs around this growing issue and create access to food for communities in need.
As always, if you have any questions or opinions you would like to share with me, I encourage you to contact me.