Challenges and Potential Solutions for Alleviating Food Deserts
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of Food Deserts
Groceries sold in food deserts are often more expensive than those sold in other areas. For example milk prices in a food desert tend to be 5% higher and cereal is 25% higher. For low-income families this means that they often spend a larger percentage of their paycheck on food, creating a vicious cycle of food insecurity.( Speaking from experience, I MUST add the caveat of grocery stores with healthy, non-expired items, nand affordable food options)
The USDA defines a community as a food desert if:
Other factors include: access to transportation, income, food prices, and employment.
In urban areas, at least 33% of the population lives more than 1 mile from the nearest grocery store.
In rural areas, at least 33% of the population lives more than 10 miles from the nearest grocery store
The area has a poverty rate of at least 20%