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?