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Wow! More than 7,000 People Take Quiz


Thousands of Leaders and Supporters put their knowledge of food access to the test with the Healthy Food Access Quiz — how did you fare compared with the rest of the field?

Of the more than 7,000 people who had taken the quiz as of Tuesday afternoon, the average score was 47 percent, meaning most people answered three out of seven questions correctly. But as we noted throughout the campaign, the quiz was specifically designed to be daunting. We wanted to highlight some of the tough issues surrounding healthy food access in the United States.

Unfortunately, between 25 and 30 million Americans struggle with food access. Fortunately, people like Lisa Berrios, owner of MyTown Marketplace in Highland Falls, N.Y., give us hope. As Berrios wrote to quiz takers in an email delivered on Wednesday:

“When the only supermarket in my community of Highland Falls closed, my neighbors were left without a place to do their weekly grocery shopping. Instead of just accepting the problem, I wanted to do something about it.

So with help from the New York Healthy Food Healthy Communities Fund, I opened MyTown Marketplace with my husband Albert, and we’ve been selling fresh fruits and vegetables to the community ever since. But there are still too many places across the country, in big cities and small towns alike, that struggle with little or no access to healthy food.

Living closer to a grocery store not only helps reduce the risk for obesity and diet-related diseases, but also helps boost a community’s economy. Despite these benefits, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture nearly 30 million Americans live more than a mile from the nearest grocery store.”

Thank you to all who took the Healthy Food Access Quiz, and stay tuned to to find out how you can stay engaged on this vital issue.