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.
Today marks Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 100th day in office, and we’re taking stock of his progress. One problem he’s taken on is "food deserts," areas that don’t have much fresh food for sale.Experts say the number of Chicagoans living in food deserts stands at approximately 400,000.
In the public discourse around food, “sustainability” and “organic” are buzz words deployed by the so-called “conscious consumer.” But author and activist Oran Hesterman said during a stop in Chicago that he would rather have people move from being conscious consumers to engaged citizens: in other w