Grocery stores. Bodegas. Pharmacies. Check-cashing spots. All gone.
In some cases, groups trying to solve the problem are competing for funding.
Kroger say it’s closing about 40 stores nationwide. Many are in neighborhoods the U.S. Department of Agriculture already calls food deserts. That’s a place where food is hard to get, either because it’s too far away or it’s not affordable.…
When grocery stores close, critics say restrictive covenants — clauses in grocery store leases that says a landlord can't rent the space to another grocer — can lead to food deserts.
A Food Empowerment Project study found that a lot of people are time poor as well as cash poor.
You may think of food deserts as an urban phenomenon. But they exist in rural towns too.
But how will residents in a place with 21 percent unemployment afford to shop here?
Critics say Ralphs fobs off lower-quality products on low-income neighborhoods, but Ralphs says it varies what's on sale based on what customers buy.
For the past 30 years Thompson shopped at her local grocery, a Keyfood that sat just a couple of blocks away. It was an easy walk -- but in June the Keyfood closed.