In 2012, Delegate Dolores McQuinn requested the Virginia General Assembly review the issue of food deserts in Virginia. The Honorable William Howell, Speaker of the House of Delegates of the Virginia General Assembly, then commissioned Dr. Jewel Hairston, Dean of Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture, and Dr. Alan Grant, Dean of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, to conduct to a study of food deserts in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The deans led a broad-based task force to conduct the study, and last week the Food Desert Task Force pubished the “Food Desert Study Report” identifying challenges and strategies to address food deserts in Virginia.

The report also includes eight recommendations for the General Assembly’s consideration.These recommendations closely align with the work and mission of Tricycle Gardens to eradicate food deserts in our community. 

On Tuesday, January 14th, Sally Schwitters, Tricycle Gardens’ Executive Director, joined fellow Food Desert Task Force members to support Dr. Jewel Hairston as she presented the report and recommendations at our state’s capital.

Read the full report here: Food Deserts in Virginia Study.