Access to fresh foods study
In 2021, MCAD received a grant from USDA Rural Development to study Mercer County's access to fresh foods and groceries.
Here are some of the highlights:
-Mercer County covers approximately 453.7 square miles
- there are an estimated 1,882 households within a 20 mile radius of Princeton.
- The Mercer County (Princeton) marketplace spends approximately $6M a year on food at home and eating out.
- The average Mercer County Household spends approximately $4,033 on groceries per year, which is less than the national average reported by USDA.
- Mercer Countians commute an average of 35 miles one way to grocery shop.
- In a seven-county surrounding area including Mercer County there are twelve (12) traditional grocery stores.
-in Mercer County there is one hometown grocery that carries fresh produce.
- there is one super center in the seven-county area.
Part of the USDA-RD Study included a Marketplace Access Study conducted 2021