Lack of access to healthy, affordable food is a serious problem in the U.S. Many people live miles from the nearest supermarket, and have to spend over an hour on public transit to get there. We recognize that many people do not have the time, access, or resources to cook healthy plant-based meals. We also recognize that this is a symptom of our current food system, in which the government uses taxpayer money to subsidize meat and dairy, but does not subsidize healthy fruits and vegetables that the very same government tells people they should be eating in order to be healthy. Furthermore, we recognize that food access and food justice are complex issues tied up with politics, economics, and racial justice.
We do speak to many students in underprivileged areas who lack food access, and we find ways to empower them to make small changes. Everyone can make a difference. For instance, we encourage students to leave the pepperoni off their pizza, eat a PB&J instead of a baloney sandwich, or buy almond milk at Walmart instead of cow milk.
For those of us who are fortunate enough to have access to well-equipped kitchens and healthy foods, one of the best things that we can do is to exercise our power. By voting with our dollars, we can increase demand for healthier products, and slowly shift our food system. Almond milk is a great example of that – a few years ago you could only find it in Whole Foods or health food stores, but now it's sold at nearly every major supermarket and chain store, because people showed there was demand for it.