Neighborhoods where stores were destroyed become food deserts overnight

Jun 4, 2020
Grocery stores. Bodegas. Pharmacies. Check-cashing spots. All gone.
A burned Walgreens in Minneapolis on May 30.
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Research says collaboration is needed to address Houston's "food deserts"

May 1, 2019
In some cases, groups trying to solve the problem are competing for funding.
A small organic farm in the middle of Houston’s concrete sprawl. 
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Communities are creating their own solutions to food deserts

May 21, 2018
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. Kroger says the closed stores weren’t making money. As communities that used to depend on […]

When grocery stores close, this legal phrase can prevent new ones from opening

Jan 12, 2018
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.
Restrictive covenants are clauses in a grocery store's lease that says a landlord can't rent the space to another grocer.
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The unexpected challenges of living in a food desert

Jan 5, 2018
A Food Empowerment Project study found that a lot of people are time poor as well as cash poor.
Vallejo, California.
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What happens when a town loses its only grocery store?

Dec 6, 2017
You may think of food deserts as an urban phenomenon. But they exist in rural towns too.
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Whole Foods opens a store in Chicago 'food desert'

Sep 28, 2016
But how will residents in a place with 21 percent unemployment afford to shop here?
Fresh fruit is displayed at a Whole Foods store in Chicago, Illinois. The city is opening another Whole Foods store today in the neighborhood of Englewood.
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Critics accuse Ralphs of creating 'food apartheid'

Jun 20, 2013
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.

Grocery stores squeezed by new competition

Oct 1, 2012
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.

Food deserts: Just a mirage?

Apr 20, 2012
The New York Times' Gina Kolata reported this week on a series of recent studies debunking the idea that all impoverished areas are "food deserts."