This fact sheet outlines the role of transit agencies in improving food access, offers examples from transit agencies across the country, and shares solutions that will allow transit agencies to create or strengthen the connection between neighborhoods and grocery stores.
For too many people across the county, getting to the grocery store, farmers market, or food pantry is a challenge. Unsafe conditions for walking or biking, inaccessible or unaffordable public transit service, and lack of access to cars can make getting to healthy food stores dangerous, time-consuming, and expensive. The challenge is twofold: too few stores sell healthy food in many neighborhoods and there is inadequate transportation to places selling nutritious foods. Transit agencies can play an important role in overcoming these challenges.