Accessing Healthy Food
NashVitality is the spirit of our city where all communities have the capacity to provide for their food needs. For our city to thrive, we need all Nashville residents to be healthy. Unfortunately, some Nashville neighborhoods don't foster good health through the availability of fresh foods; residents of these communities do not have opportunities to make healthy choices. Nashville is home to four identified "food desert" areas: North Nashville, East Nashville, South Nashville (Edgehill) and Napier-Sudekum. Within each area are neighborhoods without full-service grocery stores, or direct public transportation for car-less residents to easily access affordable healthy food items.
Increasing affordable healthy food in corner and convenience stores in Nashville's food desert areas will allow residents without vehicles the option to choose healthy food, changing the course of community health and stemming the tide of epidemic rates of diet-related diseases. One way that this is happening is the availability of using WIC/SNAP benefits at nearly all local farmers markets in Nashville.
Local Farmers Markets in Nashville (includes locations, days and times)