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Food Desert

Helping Children in Hidden Rural Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

When many people hear child poverty in America, the first stereotype is an inner-city child. But in a nation where over 16 million children, more than one in five, are poor, the truth is that child poverty affects children everywhere, although we know it affects urban, suburban, and rural children in some ways differently.

Landscaping for Heaven or Hell on Earth

Lisa Novick | Posted 08.04.2014 | Green
Lisa Novick

It is time to recognize the wrongdoing at the heart of ornamental non-native landscaping and to make amends. It is time for people to extend the love and respect they show for one another to the land that surrounds their homes and places of worship.

Fighting Hunger on Michigan's Northern Frontier

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

Food banks like ours are equipped to save surplus food before it ends up in the landfill, but since the recession, our network has been stretched to capacity by the growing need.

Healthy Is the New Gangsta: An Interview With Dead Prez's Stic

Seamus McKiernan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
Seamus McKiernan

Rap and health consciousness may not seem like a natural duo, but for Khnum Ibomu, or Stic, promoting a healthy lifestyle is a natural extension of the themes of political activism, social justice and personal motivation that run through his music.

An Oasis in a Food Desert

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

On this week's Moyers & Company, historian and author Peter Dreier tells us that the current political crisis is fraught with possibility for progressives in America -- and shares the reasons he continues to be optimistic.

Transforming Food Deserts and Swamps to Fight Obesity

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Hopefully, as the problem of food deserts and swamps gains greater recognition, communities will implement innovative and creative solutions. The USDA's Healthy Food Financing Initiative should focus on supporting this kind of innovation in communities across the country.

From Up on High: A Movie Review of A Place at the Table

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 04.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

The ironies abound in this lean 84-minute documentary. Obesity in this country is shown to be often a sign of hunger and poverty, unlike in very poor, developing countries, where hunger and poverty leave people all skin and bones.

Walking in Another's Shoes: Paul Quinn College, Food Deserts and an Alternative Spring Break

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 04.23.2013 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

For those who follow Black colleges and the happenings at these institutions, you are probably familiar with Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. This...

Living in a Diaper Desert

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 01.15.2013 | Parents
Joanne Goldblum

Much attention has been focused on changing food deserts for the sake of the nation's health. Let's not forget, though, that good food is not the only thing a child needs. No community will be a healthy place for a child to grow up until all a baby's basic needs are accessible and affordable.

Activists Try To Build Up New Orleans' Food Deserts

AP | KEVIN McGILL | Posted 10.19.2012 | Impact

NEW ORLEANS -- Dwayne Boudreaux's memories of the Circle Food Store in New Orleans 7th Ward neighborhood are so vivid he can walk through its colonnad...

Americans Eat More Vegetables Than 5 Years Ago, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 05.22.2012 | Home

More than 90 percent of Americans think equal access to fresh produce is very or somewhat important, according to a new survey by the W.K. Kellogg Fou...

PHOTOS: Mobile Farmers Market Hits The Streets

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 05.18.2012 | DC

Remember when we told you about the D.C. Mobile Market, the school bus that was turned into a farmers market on wheels? The project, dreamed up by ...

When I Was Fat: A Story Of Poverty

Ann Bauer | Posted 07.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Ann Bauer

My turn at poverty was sudden and relatively brief. But I do know something about how living that way increases body mass and how seemingly impossible it is to turn the weight around.

No Simple Answers for a Complex Problem

Mike Curtin | Posted 06.23.2012 | DC
Mike Curtin

Food access is a complicated issue. While this web is as vexing as it is complex, it will not become less troublesome, tragic, or costly if we do nothing.

Desperate Consumers Lining This Company's Pockets

Flickr user daysofthundr46 | Alice Hines | Posted 02.23.2012 | Business

Dollar stores are thriving in this weak recovery as struggling Americans look for deals on the basics. Dollar Tree, the nation's third largest doll...

Rachel Tepper

Bus-Based Market Gears Up Sell Fresh, Cheap Produce In D.C. Food Deserts

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Tepper | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- With awareness growing about "food desert" communities locally, one area restaurant consortium is launching a new program aiming to brin...

Food Desert Recipe: Twinkie Tuna Salad

Turnstyle | Posted 10.16.2011 | Impact
Turnstyle

Originally published on Turnstylenews.com, a digital information service surfacing emerging stories in news, entertainment, art and culture; powere...

7 Ways You Can Solve World Hunger

Posted 08.15.2011 | Impact

About one billion people in the world face hunger or undernourishment. To put it in perspective, that's more people than the total populations of the ...

Are Mobile Groceries The Solution For Food Deserts?

Posted 07.16.2011 | Home

A food desert is defined as an area where food is non-existent, not healthy or too expensive. The government recently released a food desert locator a...

Government Releases Food Desert Locator

Posted 07.03.2011 | Home

The USDA has launched a food desert locator that indicates areas in which there is low access to supermarkets or other sources of fresh food. About...

Food Deserts In America, Illustrated

Slate Labs | | Bethany McLean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A 2009 study by the Department of Agriculture found that 2.3 million households do not have access to a car and live more than a mile from a supermark...

Show Me The Jobs, Mayor Daley!

Al Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Al Norman

Mayor Still Has it Wrong About Wal-Mart By Al Norman Wal-Mart apparently views locating new stores in urban Chicagoland as something like a soccer...

A Museum, A Community, A Festival

Liz Neumark | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Liz Neumark

How interesting to embark on a project developing the menu for a museum whose surrounding neighborhood -- El Barrio -- has been described as a food desert.

Latino Firm Opening Supermarket In Food Desert

Chicago Public Radio | Chip Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Latino-led private-equity firm has agreed to open a supermarket in a Chicago area that's been labeled a food desert....

Grocer, Can You Make a Profit?

Mari Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mari Gallagher

We spend billions of dollars in this country treating diseases that could be moderated or prevented by better and healthier food access and choice. A great number of these treatments are for the uninsured and take place in the emergency room. This is not cost-effective.