More than 2 million Pennsylvanians, including 500,000 children, don’t have access to fresh, healthy, affordable food. Those residents — who make up more than 15 percent of the state’s population — live in rural and urban lower-income areas with limited access to a local grocery store.

If they can’t easily commute to a suburban grocery store, often their only option is the limited selection of high-cost, low-nutrition food typically sold in convenience stores.

Buying food at these small outlets consumes a greater portion of a family’s budget and sets people on a crash course for health problems, including obesity and diabetes, caused by poor nutrition.


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