How do we address lingering food insecurity in South & Southeast Fort Worth?
Many of the neighborhoods within Southeast Fort Worth lie within an identified USDA food desert. Nearly all of the restaurants are fast food, and within the 34.8 square mile area, there are just 2 grocery stores, and more than 100 convenience stores selling mostly unhealthy snacks, tobacco, and alcohol. Limited employment, transportation, and support services all contribute to high levels of food insecurity and poverty.
64% of residents live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Stats are from the Texas Health Resources Community Needs Assessment and Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration
Food Insecurity has been identified as a major social determinant of health in Southeast Fort Worth. However, food insecurity is more than just having access to food. It is a lack of economic opportunities, often perpetrated by many shared overlapping socioeconomic factors. We recognize that any solution in addressing food insecurity will require long term solutions that foster local economic opportunities, and empower the communities most effected.