Local Food Systems

Planning includes link to campus research, conducting surveys, assessing economic opportunities, and defining approaches to local foods initiatives.

Currently 2.11% (270,353 individuals) of all Illinoisans live in food deserts, which are defined as ”areas of low income and low access to food.“ Approximately 21% (2,623,067 individuals) of all Illinoisans have low access to food, which even though lower than the national average (24%), is significant. It means, ”One in every five persons in Illinois has low access to food.“ –Illinois Data Trends 2016(University of Illinois Extension)