- Dallas is home to one of the largest food desert clusters in the United States.
- 36 percent of Dallas zip codes are USDA food deserts.
- 700,000 Dallas residents, 245,000 children live in food deserts.
- Diet-related disease will cost Texas $32.5 billion by 2030.
Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE), an organization that in just six years has mobilized hundreds of thousands of volunteers to package over 64 million meals for hungry people around the world, is opening a satellite office in Texas.
The move is part of an ongoing effort to get healthy meals to people in America’s food deserts, low-income communities that don’t have sufficient access to fresh, healthy and affordable food.
Opening soon, the 10,000 sq. ft. office and warehouse space in Grand Prairie will serve as a central hub of operations as the organization launches its Fed 40 program in South Dallas.
South Dallas is home to one of the largest food desert clusters in the United States, according to the USDA. The result? People suffer more often from illnesses that better diets may delay or prevent, including high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Fed 40 is a new way of fighting hunger in America’s food deserts. Using a mobile app, families can request meals directly from FCE. Then, a package of 40 servings of FCE’s Red Lentil Jambalaya is delivered to their front door in about one business day at no charge.
“It’s a more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally responsible way to end hunger in the U.S.,” says Dave Green, CEO at FCE.
“Our Red Lentil Jambalaya isn’t just good for you, it tastes good too. It’s packed with protein and can easily be customized to individual tastes with ingredients people already have on hand.”
FCE launched Fed 40 as a pilot program this fall at its Central Florida headquarters, and FCE has shipped thousands of meals to residents living in food deserts in Orlando and Tampa.
“Food deserts are the frontlines of the war on hunger in America,” Green adds. “The long-term plan is to bring urban farming to these areas, transforming food deserts into food producers.”