Food Access Policy Commission

Food Access Policy Commission brings healthy food options to low-income, low-access pockets of East Baton Rouge parish with limited access to grocery stores. This initiative was created to determine the root causes of food access discrepancies in Baton Rouge with the aim to explore and implement sustainable solutions.

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.

Our Partners:

The Food Access Policy Commission is made possible by support from the following partners:

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
  • Together Baton Rouge
  • Dr. Stephanie Broyles and Katy Drazba of Pennington Biomedical Research Center