Warner Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation To Help Eliminate Food Deserts

Updated: Apr 4, 2019

Bill would incentivize grocers and non-profits to fulfill need in rural & urban areas, helping more than one million Virginians

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) was joined today by Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Bob Casey (D-PA) in reintroducing bipartisan legislation to increase access to grocery stores in areas designated as “food deserts” by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Healthy Food Access for All Americans (HFAAA) Act would benefit low-income rural and urban communities that have limited or no access to nutritious food by providing incentives to food service providers such as grocers, retailers, and nonprofits who expand access to nutritious foods in under-served communities.

50% of the FRFB service area is designated by the USDA as a food desert.

“Families in Virginia must be able to count on reliable access to healthy and affordable foods no matter where they live,” said Sen. Warner. “This legislation will increase the availability of dependable nutritious food for more than one million Virginians, and support grocery markets and non-profits in their efforts to serve the communities that need them the most.”

“Living in the breadbasket of our nation, it is easy to forget that chronic hunger is still prevalent in many of our own communities,” said Sen. Moran. “It is estimated that food insecurity threatens nearly 1 in