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Food Deserts in Virginia



Authors as Published

Alan Grant, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech; Jewel Hairston, Dean, College of Agriculture, Virginia State University; Dominic Barrett, United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond and Shalom Farms; Eric Bendfeldt, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech; Susan Clark, Virginia Tech; Cheryl Crawford,Virginia State University; Nikki D’Adamo-Damery, Virginia Tech; David DeBiasi, AARP Virginia; Tanya Denckla-Cobb, University of Virginia; Amy Inman, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation; Claudia Jackson, Virginia Department of Social Services; Franklin Jackson, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia State University; Debra Jones, Virginia State University; Ed Jones, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech; Colleen Keller, Formerly of FeedMore/Central Virginia Food Bank; Mary McFerren, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech; Martha Moore, Virginia Farm Bureau; Kim Niewolny, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech; Oluwarotimi Odeh, Virginia State University; Molly O’Dell, Virginia Department of Health; LaTonya Reed, Virginia Poverty Law Center; Felicia Reese, Virginia State University; Antwan Rose, Virginia Tech; Jodi Roth, Virginia Retail Merchants Association; Sally Schwitters, Tricycle Gardens; Crystal Tyler-Mackey, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech; Leslie Van Horn, Federation of Virginia Food Banks; Michael Van Ness,Lynchburg Grows


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In 2012, Delegate Delores McQuinn introduced House Joint Resolution 88 and then in 2013 reintroduced House Joint Resolution 646 to request that the Virginia General Assembly review the issue of food deserts in Virginia. The Honorable William Howell, Speaker of the House of Delegates of the Virginia General Assembly, commissioned Alan Grant, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, and Jewel Hairston, dean of the College of Agriculture at Virginia State University, to conduct a study of food deserts in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Publication Date

July 10, 2019