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The Northside Healthy Eating Project Transportation Access to Affordable Fresh Produce

NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center is a multispecialty medical, denta,l and mental health center and human service agency located in North Minneapolis. North Minneapolis has been described as a food desert and its residents lack access to healthy foods. In North Minneapolis, a disproportionately low number of African American households have access to vehicles as compared to more affluent neighboring portions of the Twin Cities metropolitan areas. Although there are a few large-scale grocers within driving distance, a substantial portion of residents are not able to set out in their vehicles to purchase groceries for themselves and their families. Sarah Swingley, an Urban and Regional Planning graduate student at the Humphrey School, developed strategies for improving access to fresh and affordable produce via transportation. The results are being used to guide in planning and implementing a transportation strategy to improve access to affordable fresh produce in North Minneapolis.

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