Food Deserts

Intriguing term: a food desert. What is it? The United States Department of Agriculture (http://apps.ams.usda.gov/fooddeserts/foodDeserts.aspx) defines a food desert as areas whose census information indicates that:

1. They qualify as “low-income communities“, based on having: a) a poverty rate of 20 percent or greater, OR b) a median family income at or below 80 percent of the area median family income; AND

2. They qualify as “low-access communities“, based on the determination that at least 500 persons and/or at least 33% of the census tract’s population live more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store (10 miles, in the case of non-metropolitan census tracts).

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