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 When the company moved into the neighborhood, Fleischmann was told the area was a food desert, meaning no fresh produce was available within a 5-mile radius. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "This family-owned tire and auto company focuses on relationships. It has helped them stay in business 30 years," 18 Mar. 2021 More than 2 million Georgia state residents live in a food desert, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation. Eva Reign, Vogue, "How a Queer and Trans Latinx Gardening Collective Is Working to Reverse Food Insecurity in Atlanta," 8 Mar. 2021 Coronavirus pandemic reveals need for Cleveland to make more services available online, councilman says Cleveland Clinic, development corporation to install small grocery store in Fairfax food desert. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland prepared to keep Election Day safe, peaceful, Mayor Frank Jackson, safety leaders say," 2 Nov. 2020 In Santa Fe, a disparate number of grocery store closures have happened in the city’s South side, much of which is considered a food desert. Elyse Kelly, Washington Examiner, "Analyst: New Mexico closing grocery stores over COVID make state's food deserts worse," 3 Dec. 2020 Smith cited the need to invest in infrastructure, address the district's food desert and lack of jobs with a livable wage. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "What Metro Council candidates in 5 races say is key issue, path forward on racial justice," 30 Oct. 2020 The Aldi just off Lake Street in Minneapolis, decimated by the rioting in the days following the police killing of George Floyd, is reopening next week — another step toward ending the food desert in the area caused by the unrest. John Ewoldt, Star Tribune, "Aldi off Lake Street reopening next week, joining other businesses in area," 25 Sep. 2020 It has long been considered a food desert because of the lack of grocery stores in the area. Justin Phillips,, "Opening Saturday, Oakland's Horn Barbecue may finally put Bay Area barbecue on the map," 25 Sep. 2020 Many in the neighborhood — an area known as a food desert — rely on the Far Eastside garden for fresh fruits and vegetables, Moore said. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "'We're behind the curve': Community gardens struggle to feed food insecure during pandemic," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of food desert

1988, in the meaning defined above

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30 Mar 2021

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“Food desert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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