food desert

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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

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As recently as 2015, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the city was seeking ways to end the food deserts within its limits. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The Off-Duty Cop Who Tased an 11-Year-Old Said "This Is Why There's No Grocery Stores in the Black Community"," 6 Sep. 2018 Oriadha, who works for a nonprofit group focused on diverting youths from prison, supports universal prekindergarten, backs an increase in the minimum wage and wants to address the district’s food deserts. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "Down to the wire: Ballots being counted this week will decide Maryland races," 5 July 2018 Downtown Mesa is considered a food desert by the United States Department of Agriculture. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Mesa plans locally sourced restaurant, farmers market to combat food desert," 18 June 2018 The foundation has been trying to combat the community’s food desert issue for years, sponsoring mobile food pantries and community gardens to support the neighborhood’s need for fresh produce. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation uses $100K grant to build grocery store," 6 July 2018 Louisville is allocating $200,000 on Dare to Care and $70,000 toward New Roots, two non-profit groups aimed at helping the city's efforts to address healthy food deserts in certain neighborhoods. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "See what Metro Council changed in Mayor Greg Fischer's budget plan," 27 June 2018 There are far too many food deserts where wholesome foods like fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices are hard to come by. Jane E. Brody, charlotteobserver, "How to increase your chances of having a long, healthy life," 12 June 2018 Sunnyside is one of Houston's largest food deserts and these gardens provide nutritious fruits and vegetables for the community. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Local Scout has earned the Boy Scout's highest rank advancement," 15 Jan. 2018 Feast, a three-part celebration bringing focus to the city’s food deserts, begins this month at Franklin Park and is the perfect opportunity for McKissick to put her beliefs into practice. Britt Julious, chicagotribune.com, "The Feast festival offers a chance to binge on sounds, and help the city's food deserts," 12 July 2018

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1988, in the meaning defined above

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