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Navigating Food Deserts

Food deserts are low-income neighborhoods where residents do not have access to healthy foods or nearby grocery stores.

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Our environment plays a huge role in our choices, and millions of low-income, inner city residents have the odds stacked against them when it comes to getting healthy food at reasonable prices.

According to the USDA, 23.5 million U.S. residents live more than a mile away from a supermarket. The Huffington Post reports, “people living in low-income, as well as predominately Black and Hispanic neighborhoods, have less access to supermarkets than those who reside in middle-income or predominately white neighborhoods. However, fast food options are plentiful in these communities.” See the article

How can we empower people living in food deserts to improve their own communities?

Major grocery stores have slowly begun to move into food deserts, providing cheaper healthy food. But, I wonder, is there a way to involve the local residents in this process instead of shipping money out of the local economy?

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Hi Gavin. Great post. Check out this awesome web business I found out about today. I put up a post about it. I think it might be something to build on to bring fresh food to folk in food deserts. What do you think? https://openideo.com/challenge/healthy-lives/research/farm-to-family

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