Looters Leave More Food Deserts In Black Communities

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“Food deserts” is a term that has been around for years. Most of the time when people are using that term that are talking about Black and brown communities. Food deserts are geographic areas where access to affordable, healthy food options (aka fresh fruits and veggies) is limited or nonexistent because grocery stores are too far away.

About 23.5 million people live in food deserts. Nearly half of them are also low-income. Residents living in food deserts also have a hard time finding foods that are culturally relevant and that meet their dietary restrictions. With limited options, many people living in food deserts get meals from fast-food restaurants.

And that fast food eating on a consistent basis does nothing for our communities but feed into the high rates of cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, and more. It’s a vicious cycle.