Are You In a Food Desert?

h/t SF Fed via Twitter (yeah, I know)

Check out the USDA's Food Desert Locator to get a spatial overview of low-income neighborhoods with high concentrations of people who are far from a grocery store.

The Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) working group defines a food desert as a low-income census tract where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store:

* To qualify as a “low-income community,” a census tract must have either: 1) a poverty rate of 20 percent or higher, OR 2) a median family income at or below 80 percent of the area's median family income;
* To qualify as a “low-access community,” at least 500 people and/or at least 33 percent of the census tract's population must reside more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store (for rural census tracts, the distance is more than 10 miles).

I was struck by the fact that the locator identified an area of the District of Columbia as being 100% low access for its population and yet stated only 2133 people had low access.

So poke around at your own risk, the methodology doesn't quite make sense.

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Anonymous said...

"Food Desert" my ass. Look at the size of people in this country these days. The US has the fattest poor people on earth. This country needs a giant enema coming up with phrases like that. "Food Desert"??? What bullshit. Bedazzled and Bedonkulous.

no more pretending things are real tough

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...

I was looking at some food prices from the turn of the century (1900) and a can of soup cost 12 cents... sounds pretty cheap, huh? 'till you see what the average working man was making back in those good old days of a gold backed currency... That's why those fuckers back in those old photos were so trim and mean looking and always serious and never smiling in their pictures - 'dem fuckers was HUNGRY

Anonymous said...

I can waltz on down to the local Schnucks store and buy a can of no name soup today for about 55 cents - and it is probably safer than the soup sold back in 1905 in spite of what lies people want to tell themselves about "the good old days".

Anonymous said...

Its author said a decline in physical activity and the cost of food had increased American waistlines. “Food is much cheaper than in the past, in particular food that is not particularly healthy, and people are changing their lifestyles, they have less time to prepare meals and are eating out more in restaurants,” he said. In ten years, 75 per cent of Americans will be overweight, making it the “fattest country in the OECD,” the report said.

Food Desert - what complete horseshit.

Anonymous said...

"decline in physical activity"

here's an idea - if there is no grocery store selling veggies in the immediate area, do one of two things... plant something behind " 'yo crib " or walk to an area that does have a proper grocery store. The sunshine and exercise will do wonders for a person.