Deficits in access to fresh, nutritious food have a measurable impact on public health
By Anna Bard Brutzman
Sept. 29, 2012
ANDERSON, S.C. - The Big Daddy convenience store at Glenn and Evergreen streets carries most of the basics.
The roughly 20-by-20-foot space stocks cereal, a few loaves of bread, milk, canned soup and fresh meat. There's no room, let alone enough demand, for fruits and vegetables among the aisles of candy, toiletries and motor oil.
This store is on Anderson's west side, squarely within an area around downtown that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated a "food desert." The agency has analyzed low-income census tracts around the country to identify urban areas that lack a full-service grocery store within a mile and rural areas without one within 10 miles. ...