Marshaling resources to help alleviate food deserts in this context will be a step toward better health for all Americans.

This report is a summary of workshop presentations and discussions. Meeting transcripts and presentations served as the basis for the summary. The planning committee served as the organizing body for the workshop, and they identified themes for the workshop and invited speakers from the United States and the United Kingdom to address the various issues. The biographical sketches of members of the planning committee can be found in Appendix A, and the workshop agenda is found in Appendix B. Appendix C provides biographical sketches of invited speakers and moderators listed on the agenda. More than 75 stakeholders from the general public attended the workshop, and a list of those participants from the public is found in Appendix D.

The reader should be aware that the material presented here expresses the views and opinions of individuals participating in the workshop as either speakers, moderators, or audience members, and not the deliberations or conclusions of a formally constituted IOM or NRC committee. The invited speakers provided presentations based on their research or perceptions of research in the field. The purpose of the workshop was not to reach consensus on any single issue, but to gather information to inform the ERS food desert study in its report to Congress. These proceedings summarize only the statements of workshop participants and are not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of the subject matter nor a review of all empircal evidence on the topic.

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