DEL VALLE, Texas (KXAN) — HEB is working to bring healthy food items to Del Valle, which has been classified as a food desert—an area that lacks a grocery store and affordable options for healthy fooods.
While HEB has purchased property in Del Valle, there are no set plans for the company to build a grocery store in the area. In the meantime, the company has donated $15,000 to create a Mobile Market. Alongside the nonprofit Farmshare, the funds will also be used to explore farming initiatives on the 17-acres of land HEB has purchased at the corner of State Highway 71 and Farm to Market 973.
The Mobile Market program was announced by Farmshare, to bring fresh, healthy, affordable, and locally grown food to Del Valle neighborhoods. The area is seeing rapid growth and the developers say Del Valle has been long overdue for more grocery shopping choices.
The United States Department of Agriculture defines a food desert as a location where people live more than 10 miles away from a large grocery store in rural areas or more than a mile away in urban ones.
“Support from HEB and the City of Austin helps us to connect the dots. A sustainable and strong local food system depends on an ample supply of locally grown food which depends on trained farmers dedicated to growing that food, and an adequate amount of farmland on which to produce the food. Farmshare’s mission is to accomplish all three,” said Andrea Abel, Farmshare Austin Executive Director.
Local students will also be encouraged to sign up for Farmer Starter, the organic farmer training program. The program offers future farmers to chance to gain hands-on experience with a mix of training in classrooms and out in the field.