From Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, by Stell Simonton
This excerpt is from an article on food deserts, copied here to introduce the article and its anecdotal information. To read the entire article, click here:
"...The residents she serves are low income and low in access to real grocery stores that offer fresh fruits and vegetables in particular. Many are in what the U.S. Department of Agriculture has called food deserts, rural areas where people are 10 miles from a grocery store and urban areas where they are a mile away.
About 39 million people in the United States live in such areas, according to the Department of Agriculture, and the number is increasing. In response, a patchwork quilt of efforts has sprung up across the country to improve access to grocery stores and healthy food."