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Sponsored by: The Diabetes Site

Diabetes is a growing epidemic in low-income communities due to poor health education and the lack of accessibility to healthier food options and supermarkets. Instead of high-quality food right outside their door, they're left to choose meals from fast food and convenience stores selling high-fat, high-sugar, and processed foods.

In 2011, President Obama took hold of this problem and allocated $400 million of the nation's budget to establish a National Healthy Food Financing Initiative. The HFFI supports projects that increase access to healthy, affordable food in communities that currently lack these options.

Today this initiative is accessible to all developers and grocers, but we need to make a push for their involvement! Studies have shown that the initiative has been making an impact by improving and revitalizing the health of low-income communities, where these grocers have been developed. But, as a number of them can be found in some low-income communities, not every community that is in need has been hit.

Let's give these grocers a heads-up! Sign this petition to help emphasize the importance of their presence for the health of low-income communities who do not have access to healthy foods.

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Robert Edwards, Safeway CEO
David Dillon, CEO of Kroger Co.
Robert Miller, CEO of Albertson's LLC

Since the implementation of President Obama's National Healthy Food Financing Initiative, there have been great strides in providing healthy food options and groceries in low-income neighborhoods. But we'd like to see this initiative make more headway with your involvement.

As nationally-known grocery stores, the connection, impact, and nutritious food you can provide to these communities can be the means to prevent or minimize the rate of obesity and diabetes amongst adults and children in America.

We've only begun to raise awareness for the need of healthy food in these low-income communities, but studies have also shown your presence has contributed to these communities' economic development. You will not only provide fresh foods but will create jobs, and bring a healthier life back to these communities, raising community moral.

You are the first step to providing healthy food and opening the eyes of these to low-income communities to a better way of living. It's your turn to utilize this initiative, do your part, and make the change.

Thank you and we hope you will consider making a change!

Petition Signatures

Apr 24, 2014 Leslie Wilbur
Apr 24, 2014 Marina Levy
Apr 23, 2014 Garry Richardson
Apr 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2014 Laura Wefer
Apr 21, 2014 Giacomo Carmody It's wise to run a service where there is a need for your product. "Food deserts" lacking a viable healthy food vendor are the perfect demographic for a grocery store. With buisness being eligible for financial aid via the HFFI, opening shops makes cents!
Apr 20, 2014 Sandra O'Neal
Apr 19, 2014 Fredericka Renshaw this is very crucial to thousamds and thousands of people with health issues
Apr 19, 2014 jane hughes
Apr 18, 2014 hanna poulsen
Apr 18, 2014 Tony Buitrago
Apr 18, 2014 Linda Wheeldon
Apr 18, 2014 Kim Lowe
Apr 18, 2014 Charisse Wise
Apr 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2014 Shameira Johnson
Apr 14, 2014 Doris Volmar
Apr 13, 2014 Hannah Dance
Apr 12, 2014 Theresa Cornwell
Apr 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2014 Mihaela Stan
Apr 10, 2014 Rhonda Petersen
Apr 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 9, 2014 Kristine Andarmani
Apr 9, 2014 Channing Smith
Apr 8, 2014 Connie Dotson
Apr 8, 2014 Wendy Bohatyritz
Apr 8, 2014 Jessica Urdangarin
Apr 8, 2014 Adrienne Kohut
Apr 7, 2014 Melora Jackson
Apr 7, 2014 Richard Anderson
Apr 7, 2014 robin bead
Apr 7, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2014 Wanda Stevens My husband has Type 2 diabetes, but the "good food" is so expensive that we cannot fully follow a healthy diet. The grocery prices have got to come down to our financial levels.
Apr 7, 2014 Barbara Blunt I am a Type 2 Diabetic and I completely believe that my eating style and lack of proper exercise is what caused it. It's not just that we need easier access to fresh produce in small and financially poor towns - but it also needs to be inexpensive.
Apr 7, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2014 Hilde B
Apr 7, 2014 Evelyn Leslie
Apr 7, 2014 Wendy Arakaki
Apr 7, 2014 Terry Brown
Apr 7, 2014 Patricia Chandler We all should work together for a healthier population and wholesome choices.
Apr 7, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2014 Carmen Fulle
Apr 7, 2014 Lauren Emerson
Apr 7, 2014 Andrew Milne
Apr 7, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2014 Michelle Connor
Apr 7, 2014 Gail Hickman

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