In food deserts, large grocery stores are scarce. But these same communities have plenty of corner stores. That’s usually seen as a problem because corner stores often stock more junk food than fresh produce.
The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a grant to improve access to healthy food for African American and Latino Chicagoans.Those groups have higher rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And an $850,000 grant seeks to reduce health disparities.
A new report says the number of people living in food deserts has decreased in Chicago. But hundreds of thousands of families still don’t have access to healthy food.In the past five years, there’s been more awareness around food deserts.