The numbers may paint a grim picture of our state and community’s health, but much is being done to change that.

Food Access in Baton Rouge:

In Louisiana, 1 in 6 people struggle with hunger

  • The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank distributes about 1 million pounds of food per month 
  • 17% of EBR population lives in areas where there is an unacceptably low access to grocery stores (national average is 8%)
  • Six zip code areas in East Baton Rouge Parish do not have adequate access to food
What does inadequate food access look like in East Baton Rouge Parish?

The USDA defines "food deserts" as a low-income census tract where a substantial number of residents have low access to a supermarket or large grocery store. In Baton Rouge, more detailed analysis provided by researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center has allowed us to move to a more nuanced understanding of areas of low food access that goes beyond the USDA definition.

Louisiana Health Facts

  • 23.5% of adults in Louisiana smoke
  • Nearly half of Louisiana adults do not participate in moderate of vigorous physical activity
  • 11.6% of adults in Louisiana have been diagnosed with diabetes
  • More than 30% of Louisiana’s children under 3 years old have not been immunized
  • Louisiana ranks
    • 50th in the overall health of the population
    • 49% in food insecurity
    • 49th in the nation in healthy outcomes
    • 46th in the number of smokers in the state
County Health Rankings Specific Data
  • East Baton Rouge Parish ranks 19th out of 64 parishes in healthy outcomes
  • The northern sector of East Baton Rouge Parish has even greater disparities
  • Six zip code areas in East Baton Rouge Parish have significantly lower performing schools, less access to health care and higher crime rates
  • East Baton Rouge Parish is double the national benchmark rates of low birth weight and uninsured population rate

For more information and research, visit BR City Key