food desert


Definition of food desert

: an area where little fresh produce is available for sale Despite the common perception of food deserts as city neighborhoods where fast food chains and convenience stores dominate, many of Kansas' food deserts are in rural areas. In some, residents have to drive 20 miles or farther to find a source of healthful food.— Megan Hart

Examples of food desert in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A year ago, North Chicago was a food desert without a grocery store or farmers market. Steve Sadin, Chicago Tribune, 22 June 2022 Until Tops arrived, the neighborhood was an infamous food desert, without a grocery store in walking distance. Eric Cortellessa/buffalo, Time, 16 May 2022 The Jefferson Avenue location opened in 2003 after residents had been calling for a full-service grocery store in the neighborhood, once considered a food desert, for more than a decade The Buffalo News reported. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 16 May 2022 The store opened 19 years ago and became a neighborhood hub and gathering place in what had been a food desert. New York Times, 16 May 2022 Hartford — Greg Jones, the vice president of community health and engagement for Hartford HealthCare, prefers to call Hartford a food swamp, rather than a food desert. Ted Glanzer, Hartford Courant, 4 May 2022 And that the unreasonable terms of model X Lee’s left Collinwood with a food desert. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 1 Apr. 2022 Officials have long tried to recruit a grocery store to the 12th Street corridor to address a local food desert, Scott said. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 29 Mar. 2022 Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba said in a statement that the store’s opening would eliminate a food desert in the community created by the Albertson’s closure. oregonlive, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of food desert

1988, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jul 2022

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“Food desert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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