What exactly is a food desert?

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A food desert is an area where residents lack convenient access to affordable, nutritious food, particularly fresh fruits and vegetables. This often results from a combination of factors, including:

  • Absence of supermarkets or grocery stores: Food deserts typically lack major grocery stores within walking distance or a readily available public transportation route.
  • Limited income: Residents in these areas may have limited financial resources, making it difficult to afford healthy food options.
  • Transportation challenges: Lack of access to reliable transportation can further hinder residents’ ability to reach grocery stores.
  • Unhealthy food options: Food deserts may be saturated with fast food restaurants and convenience stores, offering limited access to healthy choices.

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