Food Tank

This summer, Food Tank has selected 20 books to engage readers in topics that range from sustainable diets to empowerment of women in agriculture. From lentil farmers to food pantry activists, the unexpected food heroes who star in these stories are creating a fair and sustainable food system from farm to fork. The authors included in this list are exposing injustices in the food system and offering powerful solutions to global problems. Through the well-researched narratives of the writes, Food Tank hopes to engage readers on a food journey that inspires global awareness of the importance of sustainable agriculture. <more>

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Government website that describes “food deserts,” highlights success in combating food injustice across America, supplies a “food desert” locator tool.  There also is a section on grant opportunities for organizations researching food deserts.  In partnership with U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services and the Dept. of Treasury. <more>

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

Government website that defines “food desert” and explains how organizations can request grant funding or where to go within localities to combat good deserts. Website also explains what the government is doing to combat this issue. <more>

Why Hunger

A grassroots organization that aims to end hunger and poverty. Has 7 programs focused on food injustice in the U.S. Provides description of food deserts, how people can become involve, and links to other organizations that are doing similar work. <more>

Food Empowerment Project

A non-profit vegan food organization founded in 2006. Mission is to influence & encourage healthy food decision while also recognizing food trends across America. Food justice is a leading issue, with a focus on food deserts. Discusses food deserts and the health effects on infected communities. Has resources on how to follow a vegan diet, budget food finances, etc. <more>

Slow Food Desert Cities

A non-profit organization located in CA that monitors food deserts across the globe. Highlights the projects of other international organizations. <more>

Westside Communities Alliance

A communication network financed and operated by Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and Georgia Institute of Technology, founded in 2011. Primary focus is GA. Food and Health is a primary focus. Link leads to a detailed research report on food deserts in Atlanta and the uphill battle to end the injustice. <more>

National Center for Public Research

A government-funded website for national food desert awareness month which is September. Each year, the campaign focuses on a different aspect of food injustice. This past year, focus was the root of causes of food deserts and advancing solutions. <more>

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A government website that describes food deserts, who is at risk, and what can be done to prevent the injustice. <more>

East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority

A local Baton Rogue, LA newspaper. Article on local stores receiving grants to combat food deserts. <more>

Good Magazine

A magazine article that highlights 6 ways to end food deserts and bring healthier food to poor communities. <more>

Let’s Move

Government website premised on First Lady, Michelle Obama, campaign to fight obesity. One initiative is healthy communities and how to eliminate food deserts in America (supplemental video). <more>

Teaching Tolerance

Foundation established in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Website that defines “food deserts” and has detailed list of solutions. <more>

Scholar Commons- USF

A department of the Univ. of South Florida. A graduate thesis and dissertation on the ethnography of food deserts. <more>

U.S. National Library of Medicine

A government website that discusses the health policy considerations in regards to food deserts. <more>

The Food Trust

A farmers’ network aimed at ensuring that Americans have access to affordable and healthy food. Has a detailed research report on the “Grocery Gap.” <more>

Univ. of Denver – Institute for Public Policy Studies

A policy memorandum that concentrates on Denver, CO and the impact of food deserts on public health. <more>

National Geographic

An article that focuses on food insecurity in America, including urban communities, suburbs and farm areas. <more>


A nationwide university-based program focused on health as a basic human right. Primarily run by college students at respective campus chapters. A 2011 blog article highlights food deserts in Detroit, MI. <more>

American Nutrition Association

A government website that describes food deserts, who is at risk, and how to partner with other government offices to combat food deserts. <more>

Do Something

An organization focused on getting young people involved in social issues. Highlights 11 facts about food deserts (statistics and programs that are combating food deserts). <more>


An article that geographically describes some of America’s worst food deserts. <more>

World Health Organization (WHO)

An international organization that is an extension of the United Nations. Thoroughly defines “food security” and its “3 pillars.” <more>

City Harvest

Founded in 1982, is the first food rescue organization in the world. Focuses on Hunger in NYC and has article on “food insecurity.” <more>

Feeding America

Founded in 1979, a non-profit organization. America’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Website analyzes “food insecurity” from various social demographics (ethnicity, age, and socio-economic status). <more>

World Food Programme (WFP)

An international organization of the United Nations aimed at fighting hunger worldwide and promoting “food security.” <more>

Texas Food Bank Network

Overarching organization that unifies all Texas food banks in fighting hunger. Has a special focus on “food insecurity.” <more>