Health Equity Considerations
The CCCFPC seeks to create a population-level impact in Cuyahoga County by supporting local food policies, environmental change, and programs. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010 there were 1,280,122 people living in Cuyahoga County. Approximately 63.6% of the population is white, 29.7% is African American, 4.8% is Hispanic, and 2.6% is Asian. Approximately 323,850 residents of Cuyahoga County (25% of the county population) and 221,036 Cleveland residents (55.7% of the city population) live in areas categorized as food deserts. Between 2006 and 2010, the median household income in Cuyahoga County was $43,603, and 16.4% of residents lived below the poverty line. The average household income in food desert areas is $37,312 compared to $70,448 in non-food desert areas.1
1 Cleveland Creating Healthier Communities Initiative. Ohio Department of Health. Cuyahoga County Assessment: Access to Supermarkets, Summary of Progress-to-date. December 2011.