Date of Award

Fall 2015

Document Type


Degree Name



Healthy Food Financing Initiative, Food deserts, Limited access to nutritious foods, Obesity in children and adults



First Advisor

Steven Hick


The purpose of this Capstone will be to provide city, county, and eventually state, entities with the knowledge to better identify those areas which would fall under the auspice of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, as laid out in a report by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Council on “Food Deserts.” Food deserts are those areas in which access to nutritious foods is limited by distance, by lack of transportation, or both. Food deserts have also been linked to obesity in children and adults, with the attendant health problems. With this knowledge, starting at the local level, it is hoped that people in areas needing assistance can be better identified.

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