Welcome to The North St Louis Food Access Map!

More than a quarter of St Louis County is considered to be low income and have low access to food by means of proximity to grocery stores and access to vehicles. More than half of St. Louis is in the same situation. In laying out food pantries, SNAP and WIC accepting stores, gardens, public transportation, and demographic information for Northern St. Louis, this map highlights food insecurity and low access for our most vulnerable residents by cause of institutional problems such as transportation infrastructure, race and economics.

Interpreting the Map

Clicking on any of the icons, bus routes, or colored areas of the map will produce a pop-up window explaining that feature.

Please note: The map has 147 gardens, 485 stores, and 108 food pantries and as a result, requires a couple minutes to load. Please be patient if it does not load right away.

How To Use This Map

layers icon.PNG In the LAYERS panel in the upper right corner of the map, you will find various “layers” each representing a dimension of food access in northern St. Louis (gardens, food pantries, demographic information, etc). Check the layers you want to see. To see how each layer is broken down, click the arrow on a layer and a legend with the representative icons will appear.

Once the layers you want are selected, you can click LEGEND, the first icon on the toolbar in the top left corner of the map. This will display all the icons associated with the layers you have selected.

Type in an address or location (i.e. garden or store name, census tract number, latitude and longitude) to find it on the map. Gardens and CSAs are also searchable by type as well (i.e. vegetable, youth, etc). Search suggestions will appear when you begin typing. The search bar will automatically search through all the layers and produce the first matching result it finds. To search through a specific layer, click the downward arrow on the left of the search bar and select that layer.


Low Income and Low Food Access Data

We have included income and food access data by census tract, obtained from the USDA Economic Research Service's Food Access Research Atlas. Below are definitions for each of the data types displayed on the map:

Low Income and Low Access at 1 and 10 - Low Income Census Tracts where a significant number or share of residents is more than one mile (urban) and ten miles (rural) from the nearest supermarket.

Low Income and Low Access at 1/2 and 10 - Low Income Census Tracts where a significant number or share of residents is more than one-half mile (urban) and ten miles (rural) from the nearest supermarket.

Low Income and Low Access Using Vehicle Access - Low-income Census Tract where a significant number of households have low vehicle access or a significant number or share of residents are more than twenty miles from nearest supermarket

Low Vehicle Access - Tracts in which more than 100 households have low access to a vehicle and are more than one-half mile from the nearest supermarket.


Community Supported Agriculture

These are farmers that offer shares to the public in the form of a paid subscription or membership and sometimes volunteer hours for a box of farm products such as vegetables.


Promise Zone

“These are high-poverty urban, rural and tribal communities with whom the federal government will partner and invest to create jobs, leverage private investment, increase economic activity, expand educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime. Through a competitive application process, Promise Zone designees have identified a set of outcomes they will pursue to revitalize their communities, develop a strategy supporting those outcomes, and realign resources accordingly. The first round of designees were announced in January 2014 with new designees announced on an annual basis.”

Parts of Northern St. Louis were selected as a Promise Zone. Participating agencies: HUD, USDA, Commerce, CNCS, Ed, HHS, DOJ, DOL, SBA, Treasury.  
Data Current as of: 09/14/2016



Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  are federally funded public health and nutrition programs to assist low-income families to purchase healthy foods. SNAP may more commonly be known as “food stamps.” Stores that accept SNAP and WIC have had their food approved by the respective program and help to decrease a barrier in food accessibility.

For more information on SNAP, visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap
For more information on WIC, visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/women-infants-and-children-wic


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