About Food Deserts

FOOD DESERTS

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A food desert is a geographic area where residents’ access to affordable, healthy food options – including fresh fruits and vegetables – is restricted due to the absence of grocery stores within convenient traveling distance.

According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture more than 2.3 million people (2.2% of all US households) live more than one mile away from a supermarket and do not own a car.*

In urban areas, economic factors have driven grocery stores out of many cities. An individual’s food shopping trip may require taking several buses, trains or even a cab.

* “Food Deserts.” The Food Empowerment Project 2014.
[/swm_one_third]  Local food desert populations

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