Although surrounded by farms, Trenton is considered a “food desert.”
The city (pop. 85,000) includes three grocery stores — and most Trenton residents do not live within half a mile of them. Residents must either find transportation–often requiring taking multiple bus routes–or shop at local corner stores lacking fresh produce and other nutritious options. Indeed, a survey by the Centers on Disease Control and Prevention found only 2.4% of Trenton outlets offer healthy food.
To help Trenton households find emergency and free healthy food options, THT recently launched the Trenton Area Free Food Resources directory and interactive map. This online resource includes programs serving children, seniors, families and adults in the Trenton area.
THT also addresses systemic and policy issues related to hunger and food access. In March 2019, THT began convening the Trenton Food Stakeholders, including more than 50 organizations and agencies promoting food access, urban agriculture, and nutrition education.
We recognize that access to healthy food affects health and well-being in our community. And we understand that food access and insecurity are results of systemic inequities.
According to a 2013 University of California Berkeley report to the United Nations, “food insecurity in the U.S. is not a result of food shortages; rather, it is a result of persistent structural and racial inequalities that continue to limit communities of color to access better socio-economic opportunities….Moreover, access to safe and healthy food also reflects the wider racial, ethnic and class disparities in the U.S. that are caused by structural inequality in health, social, economic, and
political domains.” See Structural Racialization and Food Insecurity in the United States