Sunday, March 26, 2023

ICYMI Feb. 19 – 25: Food deserts – what and where they are, and how to combat them

This week we explored the issue of food deserts – regions where residents either can’t access or can’t afford healthy food. Many misconceptions exist about food deserts and — to some — the problem is simply invisible.

In part one of our series, we took a look at what exactly defines a food desert, and how food deserts affect the people who live there. READ MORE

16,000 people in New Hanover County have limited access to affordable, healthy food

One of the major misconceptions about food deserts is that if there’s a grocery store in a neighborhood there can’t possibly be an issue. In part two, we look at why having a grocery store doesn’t eliminate a food desert, and why building a new one isn’t always the easy solution it sounds like. READ MORE

Why it takes more than a supermarket to eliminate a food desert

If simply building a grocery store won’t fix the problem, what will? In the third part of our series, we take a look at real-world efforts going on right now. From re-thinking public bus routes to making farmers markets more affordable, these groups are each tackling a piece of the food desert puzzle. READ MORE

From mobile farmers’ markets to public transportation: local organizations creating solutions for food deserts

The conversations around food deserts are often peppered with technical terms and names. We’ve compiled this appendix of terms and acronyms to help. READ MORE

Food deserts: an appendix for readers


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