KidsFlash Fast Fact – Aug. 16, 2013

Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: August 16, 2013

In 2010, nearly 80,000 Colorado children lived in a census tract considered a food desert. A food desert is a geographic area where access to fresh, nutritious foods is limited. Accessing healthy food in food deserts is often particularly difficult for low-income families, who may lack the transportation necessary to reach a grocery store or supermarket that sells fresh vegetables and lean meats. To find data on the number of children in your county living in areas considered food deserts, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

Sarah Hughes

About Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes is Vice President of Research Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she leads the organization’s research and data analysis efforts, including the development and publication of the annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report, and provides research and data support to inform and advance the Children’s Campaign’s policy agenda. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Sarah worked in communications and spent several years working and volunteering with kids in various capacities. She holds a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Advocacy, Leadership and Social Change from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Business and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.