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Regular access to healthy food options, including fresh fruits and vegetables, is closely tied to better health and wellness outcomes.

Ventura County ranks in the Top 25% of California Counties for its food environment

A national County Health Rankings report scores Ventura County as one of the healthiest California counties in regards to our food environment. Scored on access to healthy foods and food security, on a scale of 0 (worst) to 10 (best) Ventura county received a score of 9! The map below shows the percentile rankings of all counties in the united states.

To learn more about the Food Environment indicator visit here.

Even though Ventura County has a lower food insecurity rate than California and the Nation, almost 70,000 local residents face uncertain or limited access to adequate nutritious food.

The Map the Meal Gap report below by Feeding America includes data used in the County Health Ranking Food Environment score mentioned above. The goal is to provide context to what hunger may look like locally.

Ventura County Food Access by Census Tract

Some community members may find it difficult to access nutritious food.

The map to the right shows areas of Ventura County where:

·        One-third or more of residents are more than 1 mile from a large grocery store or supermarket. Individuals who live closer are not included in the count.

·        At least 20% of the residents in the area are living below the poverty line.

By using the “Data Types” drop-down on the right of the map, you can see what other neighborhoods might be considered food deserts if the distance to the nearest supermarket is at least half a mile.

In addition to the proximity of supermarkets, a household’s regular access to health food may also be affected by access to cars or public transportation used when buying food and the portion of the household’s budget that is available to pay for food. When taking these other community-level indicators into account, residents in a neighborhood may feel it is easier or harder to access nutritious food regularly where they live than the food desert map suggests.

For a more detailed definition of the terms used in the map, please click on the “info” button in the legend.

Disclaimer: The information displayed was created by outside data sources. All maps are for informational purposes only and should not be used for legal, engineering, or surveying purposes.  The county does not warrant the accuracy of this information, and no decision involving a risk of economic loss or physical injury should be made in reliance hereon.

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