Monday, July 15, 2024

Food deserts in the Cape Fear region: what and where they are, and how to combat them

Age, availability of transportation and socioeconomic background all play a role in how people find food and, when they do, what kind of food they can buy.

Editor’s note: Welcome to our ongoing series about food deserts. Statistics show that several neighborhoods across the city of Wilmington are suffering from a lack of access to affordable, healthy food. Known as “food deserts,” the residents of these areas do not fit one stereotype, but are often a combination of several factors including age, location and socioeconomic background. This series seeks to understand the origins of food deserts, define who suffers from this issue and what experts say can be done about it. 

We hope this original series will serve as a foundation and a resource for those working to understand the food desert crisis and a point of reference for future stories.

What you see here is a group of all of our stories in the original series, organized for convenience, with other, related stories, too.



Related stories from our files

Foxes Boxes seeks to close Wilmington’s wage gap through training. And it offers affordable meals, too (March 26, 2018)

Farms, fisheries and breweries: Feast Down East introduces the Cape Fear Food Council (Jan. 30, 2018)

Residents voice opinions on developing Downtown Wilmington; lack of grocery stores and transportation noted (Sept. 29, 2017)

New Hanover Cooperative Extension, Feast Down East receive mini-grants (April 5, 2015)

Growing gardeners: Feast Down East employee cultivates healthy habits, life lessons in students (April 7, 2014)

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