Food Deserts

Communities in West Virginia are organizing and working to fill their needs for healthy, fresh food as grocery stores in the region close.
Jul 15, 2015   WV Public Broadcasting
Minneapolis’ Healthy Corner Store Program launched with lofty ambitions in 2009—to help corner stores market and sell fresh food—but lackluster performance has required the city to reduce the scale of the program.
Feb 24, 2014   Minneapolis Star-Tribune
A new study published in the February issue of Health Affairs presents evidence that providing fresh food in food deserts does not improve diets or health outcomes for residents.
Feb 4, 2014   National Journal
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Perhaps the only greater injustice than the existence of food deserts is a willing and unfeeling action to re-create them. Exclusive
Dec 19, 2013  By Benjamin Chrisinger
A nonprofit has converted a former Chicago city bus into a mobile grocery store to bring fresh food to the city's underserved neighborhoods. After stopping operations in August, the service will return with a sustainable business plan this month.
Nov 18, 2013   Fast Company Co.Exist
Chicago has good news to report in its battle to improve access to fresh healthy food. Since Rahm Emanuel became mayor more than two years ago, the number of residents living in food deserts has declined by 21 percent.
Aug 18, 2013   Chicago Sun-Times
Access to affordable healthy food is a problem in poor communities throughout the U.S. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and a local non-profit have developed one way to quickly boost the healthy food infrastructure in food deserts.
Jul 12, 2013   Daily News
The replacement of retail establishments with restaurants in America’s urban centers has a demographic slant.
May 19, 2013   Architect Magazine
After four years of banning the construction of new stand-alone fast food restaurants in South L.A., the city's planning department is considering raising the ban amid increasing questions about the impact of food deserts on obesity.
Apr 18, 2013   KCET
The role of access to fresh food in contributing to people's eating habits has been at the heart of efforts to identify and eliminate 'food deserts.' However, a new study questions the connection between obesity and the food environment.
Apr 5, 2013   Los Angeles Times
The USDA's new Food Access Research Atlas provides a handy guide for assisting policymakers and planners in finding the urban and rural areas with the most formidable obstacles to accessing fresh healthy food, reports Nancy Shute.
Mar 14, 2013   NPR