Mapping Food Deserts in New Orleans

New Orleans has only one supermarket for every 350,000 residents, and they are often in locations that are more than a mile from where low-income residents live, writes Rosa Ramirez.

Ramirez, a student journalist at the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, got much of her information from a study by a group called SocialCompact. The study looked at examined 73 New Orleans neighborhoods, and "nearly 40 of those neighborhoods didn't have a supermarket," reports Ramirez:

"Researchers have said the lack of vegetables, dairy and other fresh foods in neighborhood stores contributes to a poor diet, obesity and diet-related diseases. Louisiana ranks fifth in the nation for the percentage of obese residents and has the highest rate in the country of deaths from diabetes."

A supermarket analyst interviewed by Ramirez said that New Orleans is "a very understored market."

Full Story: To Eat and Live in a New Orleans Food Desert

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CORRECTION

MAJOR CORRECTION! - 30 supermarkets for nearly 350,000 people. No doubt the food desert problem exists here in New Orleans and we are making strides to correct it, but this story makes it sound like we have but one supermarket in the entire city.

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