If someone living in an area of a city where access to food is available only in the form of convenience stores and fast food restaurants, the chances they will have a healthy diet is slim. Health is a major concern among the poor who do not have access to healthy alternatives. There are many reasons for this.
First of all, larger grocers do not want to set up shop in run down, low-income areas due to crime, theft, zoning laws and basic economic reasons. Convenience stores and fast food restaurants do not have viable health options, and in some neighborhoods public transportation is a difficult and sometimes impossible option.
One could argue that these people can get a job or take the bus to get groceries but how realistic is that for a disabled, elderly or single parents toting around babies and groceries?
While it's commendable that Spud, Safeway and AmazonFresh, have implemented beautiful websites where purchasing groceries online and opting for delivery service is a simple task, it doesn't help our less fortunate population because they don't own computers, have access to the internet or own telephones.
The thought behind the grocery delivery service is a key idea in helping this problem. We need to gather support from the surrounding communities in the way of volunteers, social workers, community centers and food banks to recognize and help these challenged areas.
Corporate Social Responsibility is something that organizations are implementing more and more as it is becoming a standard practice.
We hope that by creating this blog and our website more people and businesses will gain awareness of the situation and realize the negative impact this is having on our communities and the health of those living in those low income areas.