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

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The farmer’s market is one of the city’s various efforts to combat food deserts. Anna Beahm |,, "Farmer’s market at Birmingham bus station to open in August," 11 June 2019 Across Murphy’s five proposed incentive programs, businesses would be eligible for bonuses based on criteria such as hiring local employees, using union labor, and creating health care centers and alleviating food deserts. Catherine Dunn,, "Gov. Murphy pushes new tax credit proposals, amid investigations of current program," 5 June 2019 Over 100,000 residents making up the food desert population qualified as children. Jessi Roti,, "Feast aims to improve Chicago's food deserts through community-focused music and arts," 12 July 2018 Lyft is partnering with a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC to give rides to local families living in food deserts. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Lyft is offering $2.50 rides to grocery stores for DC residents with limited food choices," 11 Dec. 2018 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,, "Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation uses $100K grant to build grocery store," 6 July 2018

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1988, in the meaning defined above

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