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Food Deserts

Hunger in America

Christina Weiss Lurie | Posted 07.04.2012 | Impact
Christina Weiss Lurie

I should have been prepared for the notion that hunger was prevalent here in the United States, but I wasn't. I was shocked to hear that a First World country had such an ignominious reality prevalent across all 50 states.

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.

Is There Really A Link Between Food Deserts And Obesity?

New York Times | Posted 04.18.2012 | Home

It has become an article of faith among some policy makers and advocates, including Michelle Obama, that poor urban neighborhoods are food deserts, be...

Jason Cherkis

Democratic Convention's Host City Boasts Anti-Union Rules, Packed Shelters, Food Deserts

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If Whole Foods were to sell a city, the proposal might look like how local booster Dan Murrey pitches Charlotte. In Murrey's tellin...

Growing Opportunity in New Orleans

Johanna Gilligan | Posted 06.03.2012 | College
Johanna Gilligan

At Grow Dat, we are in the business of giving young adults a chance: a chance to be employees at a job that supports their personal growth, and a chance to grow and eat food many of them can't even find in their neighborhood.

Eco Etiquette: Being Black In The Green World

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.14.2012 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. Hope you don't take offen...

Public-private Partnership in California Tackles Obesity, Hunger Epidemics

Araceli Ruano | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Araceli Ruano

California's Freshworks Fund serves as a model for an innovative public-private partnership loan fund with the potential to increase access to healthy and affordable food throughout the state.

Want to Reduce Food Access While Killing Jobs? Open a Walmart

Michele Simon | Posted 03.19.2012 | Home
Michele Simon

I shudder to think of the consequences to America's already suffering urban populations if Walmart succeeds in duplicating its rural retail takeover.

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...