All residents need access to affordable, healthy, and culturally appropriate food. Food is physically available to individuals, who have the resources to grow or buy and prepare it. The ability of individuals to access food is directly related to their level of income and/ or access to resources to produce food, the price of food, and the availability of a sufficient supply of food for all people.
Affordability is a measure of a person's ability to access good quality food, and reflects the relationship between a person's income level and the cost of eating. High prices for fresh food can limit access to healthy, safe food for low-income residents, who choose cheaper but less healthy products or turn to emergency food providers for relief.
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