South Austin residents still hungry for options despite new food desert data

July 11, 2011

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A recent report states that South Austin and several other communities are no longer to be classified "food deserts."

In many regions of Chicago, healthy eaters get to be picky about their produce; some choose to only eat organic, to shop at farmer’s markets or to support local growers. But according to one report, more than 380,000 Chicago residents have problems finding fresh fruits and vegetables in their neighborhoods.

Researchers recently reevaluated the problem of food inaccessibility, and reported significant improvements citywide. But residents of Austin, a community where the problem has reportedly been solved, disagree with that finding. WBEZ's Lizzie Schiffman visited a grocery bus on the West Side to find out why.

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