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Food Deserts

Alice Hines

Dollar Stores' Cheap Food Expansion Hits Not-In-My-Backyard Neighbors

HuffingtonPost.com | Alice Hines | Posted 01.11.2012 | Business

With food prices rising and incomes going nowhere, dollar stores are thriving, luring squeezed customers -- many from the middle class -- with discoun...

Wal-Mart's Coming to Town

Nick Wiseman | Posted 02.01.2012 | DC
Nick Wiseman

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.

Finding More Purpose in Food

Cathy Erway | Posted 02.01.2012 | Home
Cathy Erway

When is a soup not a soup, in my humble opinion? I would say when it's made with dehydrated crystals of vegetable, meat, and monosodium glutamate, in a packet or bouillon cube.

D.C. Central Kitchen Video Shows Off Its Healthy Corners Program (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.16.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this summer, D.C. Central Kitchen launched its Healthy Corners program, which provides corner stores with low-cost fresh fruit a...

New Law Will Increase Access to Healthy California Foods

John A. Perez | Posted 12.26.2011 | Los Angeles
John A. Perez

California's nutritional shortcomings extend beyond that of trans fat and caloric challenges, and into the disturbing realm of simple access to affordable, healthy food options.

Michelle Obama Reveals Cookbook Plans

Posted 12.25.2011 | Home

Michelle Obama may not be a chef, but we have a feeling that it won't matter. Michelle Obama's first cookbook, American Grown: How the White House Kit...

Reports: Chicago Food Deserts Down 40 Percent

Posted 12.24.2011 | Chicago

With First Lady Michelle Obama slated to appear in Chicago Tuesday for a fundraising event focused on addressing the city's food desert problem, a lea...

In Light Of World Food Day, Help Fight Hunger In Your Own Backyard

Enid Borden | Posted 12.17.2011 | Impact
Enid Borden

I always thought it was true, but it is appalling to see it for oneself. In my hands were two grocery items - one snack-sized cream filled yellow ca...

Fishing on the Anacostia

Nick Wiseman | Posted 12.06.2011 | DC
Nick Wiseman

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.

Can Walmart Solve America's 'Food Desert' Problem?

The Nation | Posted 11.18.2011 | Home

On a map of “food deserts” in Chicago, a red bow-tie-shaped splotch covers parts of Englewood, a historically working-class neighborhood on the So...

Kia Makarechi

Taking Aim At Low-Quality Food

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 10.31.2011 | Impact

You'd think an M.D./Ph.D. student at competitive medical schools would have his hands full with school, but Ian Wong isn't waiting until he's practici...

Do You Live in a Food Desert?

Bill Davenhall | Posted 10.29.2011 | Healthy Living
Bill Davenhall

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.

The Must-Have School Supply for Girls: Educational Access

K. Sujata | Posted 10.10.2011 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Back-to-school chatter is already building in Chicago. However, in the discussion of education reform and politicking, one facet is missing: access.

A Mobile Strategy for America's Eating Problem

Laurie M. Tisch | Posted 10.04.2011 | New York
Laurie M. Tisch

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.

Walmart's Food Deserts: Greening the Bottom Line

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 09.27.2011 | Home
Eric Holt Gimenez

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.

Wal-Mart Opens First City's 'Express' Store

Posted 09.26.2011 | Chicago

With the opening of the chain's first-ever 10,000-square-foot store in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood Wednesday, Wal-Mart officially launched the firs...

Bringing Healthy Foods to Food Deserts

April D. Ryan | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
April D. Ryan

Actor and activist Wendell Pierce is heeding First Lady Michelle Obama's call to prevent food deserts across the nation. Private equity entwined with...

City Greenlights $7M TIF For Upscale Greektown Grocer

Posted 09.12.2011 | Chicago

On Tuesday, the city's Community Development Commission approved a $7 million public subsidy, through the city's controversial tax increment financing...

Report: Illinois's Obesity Rate Continues Steady Climb

Posted 09.06.2011 | Chicago

Per a report published Thursday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, adults in Illinois are among those in 16 st...

Rahm Emanuel's 40 Days in the Desert

Al Norman | Posted 08.19.2011 | Business
Al Norman

Just as Moses never reached Canaan, Mayor Emanuel may never emerge from the food desert if he keeps having visions of Wal-Mart as the promised land.

Will Guzzardi

PHOTOS: Grocery Store On Wheels Offers A Fresh Take On Food Deserts

HuffingtonPost.com | Will Guzzardi | Posted 08.16.2011 | Chicago

In a move that exemplified Rahm Emanuel's approach to Chicago's most intractable problems, the city's new mayor sat down on Wednesday with the leaders...

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...

Almost 1 Million Californians Live In 'Food Deserts'

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Joanna Lin | Posted 07.05.2011 | Los Angeles

Story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Joanna Lin Nearly 1 million Californians live in "food deserts" where there is no nearby supermarke...

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...

Fresh Moves Food Bus Set To Deliver Fruit, Vegetables To Chicago's Food Deserts

Red Eye Chicago | Lolly Bowean, Tribune Reporter | Posted 06.20.2011 | Chicago

In Steven Casey's Englewood neighborhood, milk and eggs, bread and bologna are easy to find. "In the 'hood, you can get meat all day long," he said. "...