For Wal-Mart to grow, it has to turn to urban areas. Not because of some moral epiphany, but because of the bottom line. The "food deserts" Wal-Mart wants to occupy lie on top of deep reserves of customers.
Not since the Anacostan Indians canoed these waters in the 17th century has there been such an upsurge in subsistence fishing. Some of D.C.'s poorest neighborhoods flank the river -- food deserts without access to healthy food.
If physical proximity to a grocery store (stocked with wholesome foods) is critical to getting and staying healthy, then it is crucial for us to find a way to be assured that grocery stores are located within easy reach -- both physically and financially.
Rather than going hungry, millions of Americans are turning to calorie-dense fast food that won't break the bank. But programs that bring affordable, wholesome foods to neighborhoods that crave them are popping up everywhere.
Campaigns across the country are underway to pressure the promised 1,500 Walmarts, SUPERVALUs and Walgreens to hire full-time employees from the neighborhoods they serve, sign labor peace agreements, and pay living wages.