Ask Whole Foods to Expand into Food Deserts

Target: Whole Foods CEO John Mackey

Goal: Ask Whole Foods to expand into low income areas without access to fresh food.

Low-income areas throughout the United States are known as food deserts because of the lack of access to quality groceries. In these areas, there are often no grocery stores to provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables. By contrast, there is often a large amount of fast food available. This results in high rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in low-income areas. Sign the petition to ask Whole Foods to expand into food deserts.

Food deserts exist in both urban and rural areas throughout the United States. Cities such as Newark, Camden and Detroit often lack a grocery store within the city limits. Local residents must resort to buying canned food and microwaveable meals at convenience stores. Fast food options are also readily available with McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Popeye and other unhealthy fast food restaurants.

The problem is a combination of physical access and financial access. Low-income shoppers tend not to have cars and must rely on public transport for grocery shopping. Healthy fresh food is also more costly than processed fast food. Having grocery stores like Whole Foods expand into low-income areas would help solve the problem of physical access and pave the way for other grocery stores to follow suit.

The highest rates of obesity are found at areas where there are no large supermarkets while the lowest rates of obesity are in areas where people live close to supermarkets. Sign the petition to ask Whole Foods to expand into low-income areas to provide fresh food options in food deserts.


Dear CEO John Mackey,

I am a consumer writing to ask you to expand Whole Foods into low-income cities and areas in the United States. These areas are known as “food deserts” because of the lack of access to large grocery stores where fresh and healthy food options are available. These areas have high rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease since local residents often resort to fast food and convenience stores.

I urge you to help address this problem by expanding Whole Food into area’s identified by the federal government’s obesity program as “food deserts”. Expansion by your supermarket would give local residents ability to eat healthier. Cities like Newark, Camden and Detroit are in dire need of healthier food options.

I hope you take my request under consideration.


[Your Name Here]

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